Last week Ontario’s ministry of environment announced its $17-million Showcasing Water Innovation program, meant to to fund leading edge, innovative and cost-effective solutions for managing drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems in Ontario communities.
The three-year program will focus on a limited number of projects and is part of the province’s water strategy and is part of the Water Opportunities Act and the $30-million announcement or community demonstration programs, municipal water sustainability planning, and education and public awareness of water conservation.
The project intends to fund projects that:
take an integrated and sustainable approach to solve water management challenges
use new and innovative approaches and technologies
produce results that can be easily used by other communities
create partnerships that highlight the benefits of collaboration.
The program is open to Ontario municipalities, municipal corporations, local services boards, aboriginal communities, public institutions, conservation authorities and non-profit organizations. Small and remote communities are encouraged to apply.
Communities are eligible to receive up to 50 per cent of their project costs to a maximum of $1,000,000. Applications are due by June 24, 2011.