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File #: 56379    Version: 1 Name: MOU- WaterNow Polco Project Accelerator 2019
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/17/2019 In control: Water Utility
On agenda: 7/2/2019 Final action: 7/2/2019
Enactment date: 7/5/2019 Enactment #: RES-19-00509
Title: Approving a Memorandum of Understanding between Madison Water Utility, WaterNow Alliance, and Polco regarding community engagement and the development of an updated Water Conservation and Sustainability Plan.
Sponsors: Marsha A. Rummel, Michael J. Tierney, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway
Fiscal Note
No appropriation is required. The proposed resolution authorizes Madison Water Utility to receive up to 250 hours of technical and program support over a three to six month period, free of charge.
Title
Approving a Memorandum of Understanding between Madison Water Utility, WaterNow Alliance, and Polco regarding community engagement and the development of an updated Water Conservation and Sustainability Plan.
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BACKGROUND:
In 2017, WaterNow Alliance (“WaterNow”) launched its Project Accelerator Program and began accepting applications from cities and water utilities seeking outside assistance to jumpstart sustainable water projects. The Project Accelerator Program includes up to 250 hours of technical and program support over a 3 to 6-month period, free of charge, for two winning project applications. In Spring 2019, Madison Water Utility was one of two utilities selected by WaterNow to receive a Project Accelerator. In this round of Project Accelerator, WaterNow has partnered with Polco, a civic participation technology platform owned by Policy Confluence, Inc., to provide public engagement and polling technology free of charge to selected utilities.

This resolution authorizes a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) between the City of Madison, Wisconsin and WaterNow Alliance (“WaterNow”), a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation DBA Multiplier, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, and Polco, an online polling platform owned by Policy Confluence, Inc., a foreign business corporation, regarding community engagement and the development of an updated Water Conservation and Sustainability Plan.

RESOLUTION BODY:
WHEREAS, Madison’s drinking water comes from a deep aquifer beneath Madison and is pumped to the surface and distributed to customers by Madison Water Utility; and
WHEREAS, Madison Water Utility’s mission includes conserving and protecting our ground water resources for present and future generations; and
WHEREAS, Ma...

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