Water availability and costs are an important consideration in the Carpinteria Valley. Efficient irrigation methods and scheduling are instrumental to maximizing water use efficiency. The following programs and services are available to CVWD Agricultural customers to help them attain maximum water use efficiency and eliminate water waste.
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Free Agriculture Irrigation Evaluations
For a limited time, the Cachuma Resource Conservation District Mobile Irrigation Lab Program is offering free onsite assessments of agricultural operation irrigation systems. An irrigation specialist will review the system and provide recommendations to improve performance. View or download flyer here.
Free Technical Assistance for Avocado & Citrus Growers
The Cachuma Resource Conservation District is offering free technical assistance and funding is available for qualified improvement projects. View or download flyer here.
State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) Grants
This grant helps to implement on-farm irrigation savings that reduce energy use resulting in greenhouse gas (GHGs) emission reductions and water savings. Grant applications are due by Friday, January 8, 2016. Attend the free workshops and webinar. View or download flyer here for more information. Download application and view Frequently Asked Questions here..
For Ag Irrigation Evaluation or Technical Assistance Programs, contact Jamie Whiteford at (805) 764-5132 or Anne Coates at (805) 455-2820.
California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS)
This service provides current reference evapotranspiration (ET) data to help you maintain the most efficient irrigation scheduling.
You may access current Eto data by calling the toll-free CIMIS Hotline for Santa Barbara County. The Hotline is updated each weekday by 9:00 am with Eto data for the previous seven days for each CIMIS weather station in Santa Barbara County.
Toll-free CIMIS Hotline for Santa Barbara County: 1-888-246-4728
You may become a CIMIS user by acquiring a password to access the centralized CIMIS computer in Sacramento, using a computer modem. You can have a password assigned to you by calling 1-800-922-4647. Access to the CIMIS computer database is free of charge.
You can access Eto data for the last seven days, or monthly averages for the last eleven months here.
Free Hydraulic Pump Tests
Southern California Edison offers free hydraulic pump tests. For information on pumps and SCE's Pump Test Program, click here.
Rquest a Pump Test.
For more information about water conservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 684-2816 ext. 116.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - California
NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems. For more information, click here.
Hillside Orchard Drainage Video
Solutions to manage stormwater, irrigation and erosion issues throughout hillside farm.