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State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)


FUNDING LEVEL: $58.1 million through March 2017
ADMINISTERING AGENCY: California Department of Food and Agriculture
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Public agencies, public utilities, federally recognized or state Indian tribes on California’s Tribal Consultation List, nonprofit organizations, mutual water companies and investor-owned utilities regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission

Program Description

SWEEP provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement crop irrigation systems that both reduce GHG emissions and save water on California agricultural operations. Project components that are eligible for funding include the use of sensors to improve irrigation scheduling, the use of micro-irrigation systems, pump improvements or retrofits, fuel conversion, use of low pressure irrigation systems, installation of variable frequency drives and reduction of pumping.

Visit the CDFA’s State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program page to learn more.

Successful Project Outcomes

  • Reduced GHG emission for agricultural operations through more efficient irrigation systems and pumps
  • Reduced criteria pollutant emissions because of reduced diesel pumping, through either efficiency improvements or fuel conversion

Funded Projects          

Fresno County (2015)The Navdip Badesha Farm Project, located in a disadvantaged community in Fresno County, received $150,000 from the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program to install a drip irrigation system, replace an inefficient diesel-powered pump with an energy-efficient electric well pump and install a 30-kilowatt solar array. The new irrigation system and irrigation management tools save almost 25 million gallons of water a year – enough water for about 150 households — compared to the previous flood irrigation method system. Converting to electricity, the installation of the solar power and the reduction in water use will deliver a reduction of 57 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per acre every year.

Yolo County (2014-15) – Clarksburg Vines was awarded $112,670 to replace an alfalfa field with a vineyard. This project will reduce 73 MTCO2e in GHG emissions. Controlled drip irrigation and soil moisture sensors will also be installed.

City of Red Bluff (2014-15) – JJB Farms has been awarded $139,482 to improve its pump system. The project also consists of soil moisture station installments which include a soil moisture probe and in-line pressure sensor. All of these devices will be linked through a telemetry system to allow for easy, real time access and record keeping.

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