INNOVATION HAPPENS HERE

Building a better water future for Southern California through inspired thinking

As California’s water challenges mount, Metropolitan Water District recognizes that it will take unprecedented solutions to drive us forward.

 

We’re helping drive water innovation not only within our walls, but also among entrepreneurs across the country through collaboration and outreach. If you have a great idea, we want to know it. Our goal is simple: finding the best emerging technologies and solutions out there.

 

Through our growing portfolio of innovation programs, we’re exploring more efficient and economical ways to move and treat water, testing creative approaches to conservation and investing in new ways to maintain our infrastructure. The solutions are out there. Metropolitan is committed to finding them.

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Have an innovative idea?

Learn more about Metropolitan's programs

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Solve our problems

Find out how to direct your technology or idea to one of our real needs

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Innovation at work

Metropolitan has been developing and supporting creative solutions for years

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“Metropolitan was founded on innovative thinking. The challenge of bringing water to Southern California has always required creative solutions.”

— Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager

 

 

OUR PROGRAMS

Do you have a great idea or innovative solution?

Metropolitan is working hard to identify emerging technologies and practices that support our goal of providing water supply reliability to Southern California. Those innovations may come from within Metropolitan or from the other side of the globe. They may meet our direct needs, or help one of our member agencies.

 

Through our various programs, we strive to understand and evaluate the ideas entrepreneurs bring to us. And we equally aim to help them understand the needs and business practices of the water sector. The programs are designed to guide worthy entrepreneurs onto the appropriate path and facilitate the movement of the best ideas to market.

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Water Savings Incentive Program

The Water Savings Incentive Program (WSIP) encourages innovation in conservation at commercial, industrial...

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Innovative Conservation Program

The Innovative Conservation Program (ICP) provides direct grant funding, in partnership with other agencies, for...

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Foundational Actions Funding Program

The Foundational Actions Funding Program promotes innovative technical advances that will help prepare...

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Technology Feedback Forum

The Technology Feedback Forum offers innovators and entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their new...

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INNOVATION AT MET

Our Story: Relying on new technology and creative thinking every day

Metropolitan was born out of innovative thinking. Nearly 90 years ago, facing a growing population and a lack of water, cities across the region united in a level of cooperation unprecedented at the time to create the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Together, we built the Colorado River Aqueduct, an unparalleled engineering feat that relies largely on gravity to carry water from the Colorado River 242 miles west, across the desert, through mountains to taps across the Southland.

 

In the decades since, Metropolitan has stood out as a leader in the water industry, not just for the size and scale of its endeavors, but for the innovative solutions and creative thinking that drive our ability to deliver water, from the source to the tap.

MAKING CONNECTIONS THAT MATTER

Meet other entrepreneurs, investors and professionals through our innovation portal

Want to find out what other water innovators are doing, share your experiences, connect with mentors or reach out to potential investors? Join Metropolitan’s H2oTechConnect. The online incubator:

 

  • Links the innovation community with water industry professionals
  • Brings together academics, entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys and others working in the ecosystem of innovation in energy, wastewater, stormwater and watershed management
  • Allows participants to ask questions, post videos, seek long-term advice and more
  • Is open to the public and has more than 750 participants

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OUR CHALLENGES

We're looking for innovative solutions to particular problems

Do you have a solution to a specific challenge faced by Metropolitan? We receive a lot of proposals on inventive technologies to conserve water or develop alternative water supplies, and while those are always welcome, we have some specific needs and challenges. You might have a solution.

 

Visit our wish list  to learn our latest specific technology needs.

Snapshot of Success

Data as of Dec. 2016

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Collaborating for change

Metropolitan works with dozens of partners who help us fulfill our goal of finding innovative ways to provide water supply reliability. Among our strategic partnerships: The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), Sustain OC, Imagine H2O, American Water Works Association, Cleantech San Diego, OCTANE, The Water and Energy Technology Center and many more.

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Contact Us:

MWD - Innovation and Technology

213.217.7620

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