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Water Supply Development Assistance

Availability of Alternative Water Supply (AWS) Funding

December 8, 2020: The Northwest Florida Water Management District Announces the anticipated availability of funding to help communities across northwest Florida plan for and implement conservation, reuse, and other AWS development projects. Projects recommended for award will be subject to approval of state and District FY 2021-2022 budgets and approval by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the District's Governing Board.

How to Apply for FY 2021-2022 AWS Funding

Applicants may submit an eligible project by downloading the Application Form. Please review the Funding Guidelines for more information.

All applications and project proposals are due no later than Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

Questions and Contact Information

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please click here.

Quick reference guides:

For a list of general grant funding conditions, please click here.

Additional information may also be found at: DEP AWS Funding Guidance.

All applications for funding should be submitted via email to

To discuss your projects or for more information regarding the AWS Funding Program, contact Beth Hollister at (850) 539-5999 or

Related Sites

Protecting Florida Together

Florida DEP AWS Guidance

Water Supply Development Assistance

Water supply development is defined in section 373.019 Florida Statutes and may include traditional and non-traditional - or alternative - water sources. Alternative water supplies are also defined in statute and include, "… salt water; brackish surface and groundwater; surface water captured predominately during wet-weather flows; sources made available through the addition of new storage capacity for surface or groundwater; water that has been reclaimed after one or more public supply, municipal, industrial, commercial, or agricultural uses; the downstream augmentation of water bodies with reclaimed water; stormwater; and any other water supply source that is designated as nontraditional for a water supply planning region in the applicable regional water supply plan."

Pursuant to section 373.707, F.S., alternative water supply (AWS) development requires cooperative efforts among local, regional, water management districts, and state entities. When funds are available, AWS development must receive priority funding attention.

Water Supply Development

From 2014-2017, the Northwest Florida Water Management District administered a water projects grant program that awarded $21.6 million in water supply development grant funding for 70 projects. This funding was matched with more than $9.4 million from grantees and partner agencies, totaling more than $30 million of water supply investment in communities across northwest Florida. These projects have helped local governments and utilities make potable water distribution system improvements, replace aging infrastructure, evaluate and develop alternative water supply projects, and address local drinking water quality issues. Nearly three quarters (71 percent) of the projects are in rural or financially disadvantaged communities.

All funding awards were completed in November 2016 and no future WSD grant cycles are planned at this time. As of December 2020, 67 projects have been completed and three under construction.

For a map of all Water Supply Grant projects, click here.

For a list of all Water Supply Grant projects, click here

Forms, Questions, and Contact Information

The District also maintains a database of all water project funding priorities, including water supply development, alternative water supply, springs, stormwater, wastewater, and restoration projects. For more information on this water projects priorities database, click here

For more information, contact Paul Thorpe at (850) 539-2643 or