What would you do if you had all the money in the world? Before I lose you to visions of the beaches you would visit or the causes you would support, let me be clear that what I am really asking about is what your priorities would be if you had all the money you needed to support your work.
If you are a municipality or utility, or have clients who are, your answer will probably vary based upon your geography. Is your biggest challenge ageing infrastructure? Would you finally be able to find the leaks that are leading to so much unmetered water? Would you put some of your newfound treasure to dealing with stormwater? Would that EPA mandate finally stop keeping you up at night?
Maybe your biggest issue is drought. Would you like to expand your reuse or water recycling strategies? Perhaps you would invest in desalination of brackish water or water straight from the ocean. Maybe you would finally be able to kick off a more comprehensive conservation campaign.
Funding issues do not just impact communities. They can also impact companies that are looking to expand, and new businesses looking to take an idea from concept to commercialization.
Of course, the reality is that unlimited funds are not available, but you may be surprised at the opportunities that are emerging. You are not limited to tax hikes, rate increases, or your state’s revolving loan fund. Nonprofits and foundations are aware of the challenges we face in the water industry every day and are getting increasingly active in supporting this important work. Traditional commercial lenders are getting more active in supporting projects and equipment purchases. For new technology, you can also look towards prizes and awards offered from a variety of sources.
We know it can be tough to find the money you need. W&WD and SplashLink.com have teamed up to bring you active funding opportunities that can fund your next project or help you launch your next product line. We are working together to make those resources available to you with a click of a mouse.
Test it out and let us know what you think.