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Growers Are Required to Install Meters & Telemetry by January 31, 2025. Apply for Financial Assistance Soon.

If you are a landowner in the McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MAGSA) with wells producing more than 2 acre-feet of water annually, you are required to install meters and telemetry on your wells by January 31, 2025. To alleviate some of the costs associated with this requirement, MAGSA has developed a Rebate Program and negotiated discounts with several irrigation companies.

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Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program Packet Arriving to Mailboxes

The McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MAGSA) Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program has officially launched! MAGSA landowners who have registered their wells were sent a packet in the mail outlining instructions to apply for the Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program. Landowners who have not registered their wells will receive a packet to their mailboxes at the end of January.

About the Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program

MAGSA landowners with wells producing more than 2 acre-feet of water annually are required to install meters on those wells by January 31, 2025. This requirement is outlined in MAGSA’s Groundwater Well Metering, Measurement, Monitoring and Construction Policy. The policy also states that remote telemetry is an additional requirement.

We understand the financial burden these requirements place on landowners. To lessen these costs for landowners, MAGSA has secured financial support through a Federal grant from the Bureau of Reclamation to create a Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program.

The Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program provides financial assistance (approximately a 40% rebate) for landowners to complete the meter and telemetry installation requirements. The rebate program also includes a discount on a 1-year subscription for monitoring.

The Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program is funded by a Federal grant from the Bureau of Reclamation. This means MAGSA is not managing all the funding requirements, however, we are working hard to make the experience as seamless as possible for MAGSA landowners. 

The MAGSA Board and staff are working on behalf of landowners to ensure a sustainable groundwater supply for the future of farming operations within MAGSA. Each project and program are directly linked to achieving this goal. Accurately measuring groundwater use with meters and telemetry provide the best defense against current estimations of groundwater overdraft in MAGSA. In addition, meters and telemetry are crucial to the supply-side solutions we are moving forward including the Aquaterra Water Bank, McMullin Expansion Project, and the future Groundwater Marketing Program.

Meter & Telemetry Rebate Program & Discounts Available in January 2024

MAGSA’s grant contract with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has been signed, formalizing the Meter & Telemetry Rebate Program. This program will provide MAGSA growers with a rebate on the cost associated with purchasing and installing meters, telemetry, and a year of monitoring services. 

In addition to the Meter & Telemetry Rebate, MAGSA has also negotiated a discount on the cost for both a meter and installation with six irrigation companies. Landowners will receive a packet in the mail early January which will include a list of these irrigation companies. The packet will also include:

1. Instructions for the steps required to apply for the Meter & Telemetry Rebate

2. Visual of a properly installed meter

More About the Rebate Program: In April 2023, MAGSA was awarded a $2.8 million grant through the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) WaterSMART Program to help fund the purchase and installation of electromagnetic flow meters with telemetry, along with six weather stations in the region. This grant has led to the creation of MAGSA’s Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program. MAGSA’s Implementing Rules and Regulations require meters to be outfitted by January 31, 2025 on all wells designed to produce more than 2 acre-feet of water annually located within MAGSA’s boundaries. The Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program is designed to lessen landowner costs associated with MAGSA’s meter requirement. The Program will cover about 40% of the costs associated with purchasing and installing meters, telemetry, and a year of monitoring services.

MAGSA Meter Rebate Program Will Launch as Soon as Contract is Signed with Bureau of Reclamation

On April 21, 2023, MAGSA was awarded a $2.8 million grant through the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) WaterSMART Program to help fund the purchase and installation of electromagnetic flow meters with telemetry, along with six weather stations in the region. This grant has led to the creation of MAGSA’s Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program.

MAGSA’s Implementing Rules and Regulations require meters to be outfitted by January 31, 2025 on all wells designed to produce more than 2 acre feet of water annually located within MAGSA’s boundaries. The Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program is designed to alleviate landowner costs associated with MAGSA’s meter requirement. The Program will cover about 40% of the costs associated with purchasing and installing meters, telemetry, and a year of monitoring services. 

Once the grant contract is in effect, MAGSA will mail  growers a detailed  packet outlining the Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program application process. If you do not currently receive mail from MAGSA, contact us at (559) 515-3339 to ensure you’re added to our mailing list. You can also find updates about this program on the funding page below.

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