Project Accelerator

Hands-on support to accelerate your sustainable water program
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Project Accelerator is WaterNow’s vehicle to jumpstart sustainable water projects.


We provide high-value capacity and expertise to public water, wastewater, and stormwater agencies, to make meaningful progress toward more affordable, community-oriented solutions. This generates immediate wins for participating projects, and builds a library of replicable, scalable solutions for more widespread adoption.

Conservation, efficiency, water reuse, and green stormwater infrastructure programs are smart and cost-effective. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to ensure equity and affordability in water management are more vital than ever. We are here to help you move past roadblocks on the path to implementation.

Twice a year, WaterNow Alliance staff select several projects to receive professional hands-on support, and technical and program assistance. Our expertise ranges from deep water policy guidance to support and advice on communications strategies. Selected Project Accelerators receive up to 250 hours of professional support in 6 months (valued at $25,000 each).

WaterNow provides:

Water Policy & Sustainability Expertise

  • Water Policy Research & Analysis
  • Advocacy Strategy
  • Access to a Broad Network of Water Sector Experts, including Innovative Financing

Broad Program Management Capabilities

  • Best Practices Research
  • Program Design Consultation
  • Program Success Metrics
  • Training and Education
  • Outreach & Communication Strategy

The Spring 2021 program cycle is closed.

If you have any questions about the Project Accelerator program or application process, please contact Amy Weinfurter ([email protected]).

Featured Projects


Fall ‘20 Project Accelerator: Evans, CO

Direct Install Program for Income-Qualified Residents and Indoor Water Efficiency Audits

Fall ‘20 Project Accelerator: Santa Rosa, CA

Spanish Language Water Use Efficiency Program Enhancements

Summer ‘20 Project Accelerator: Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, UT

Exploring Options to Improve Water Efficiency Standards

Summer ‘20 Project Accelerator: Summit County & High Country Conservation Center, CO

Development of a Regional Outdoor Water Efficiency Program

Summer ‘20 Project Accelerator: Cleveland, OH

Support for Cleveland’s Water Champions Program

Summer ‘20 Project Accelerator: City of Greeley, CO

Enhancing Water Efficiency Portfolio through Performance Analysis

Spring ‘20 Project Accelerator: Desert Water Agency, CA

WaterSMART Grant Application Assistance

Spring ‘20 Project Accelerator: Town of Severance

Incorporating Water Efficiency into the Comprehensive Plan

Spring ‘20 Project Accelerator: Centennial, CO

Incorporating Sustainable Water Practices into Centennial’s Municipal Code

Summer ‘19 Project Accelerator: Golden, CO

Graywater Ordinance and Program Development

Summer ’19 Project Accelerator: City Of New Orleans, LA

Assessing Green Street for New Orleans

Summer ’19 Project Accelerator: Madison Water Utility, WI

Increasing the Effectiveness of Madison’s Water Conservation and Sustainability Plan with Strategic Polling and Analysis

Summer '18 Project Accelerator: Moulton Niguel Water District

Nursery Stock Incentive and Education Program

Summer '18 Project Accelerator: Thornton, CO

Incentivizing Water Efficient Home Construction

'17 Project Accelerator: Ontario & San Clemente, CA

HOA Water Efficient Landscape Outreach and Education Program Development

'17 Project Accelerator: Cheyenne, WY

Income-Qualified Direct Install Program Development and Support