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OLD Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program

About the Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program

Landowners in the McMullin Area Groundwater Sustainability Agency (MAGSA) with wells producing more than 2 acre-feet of water annually are required to install meters on those wells by January 31, 2025 as required by 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 assist with the requirements for wells that qualify under the Policy, MAGSA has secured financial support through a rebate program. Landowners who have registered their wells are now eligible for the Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program. The Program provides financial assistance (approximately a 40% rebate) to 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. 

How to Apply for a Rebate

Landowner schedules meter installation.
Landowners are responsible for purchasing and installing a meter on their well(s). The Policy requires a electromagnetic flow meter (flange or saddle type) capable of communicating with remote telemetry. MAGSA has negotiated a discount on the costs of a meter and installation with six irrigation companies.

These six irrigation companies are knowledgeable on the types of meters allowed and installation requirements according to MAGSA’s Policy. It is not required to use one of the six providers listed below.

  • AvidWater: (559) 476-9506 Mike Wandzell, mwandzell@avidwater.com
  • Gar Bennett: (559) 997-3188 Kurtis Douglas, kdouglas@garbennett.com
  • Green Valley Irrigation & Supply: (559) 834-1710 Greg Owens greg@gvirr.com, eric@gvirr.com
  • HP Water Systems: (559) 268-4751 Hollis Priest, hp@hpwatersystems.com, Gabriel Horn, gh@hpwatersystems.com
  • Taylor Made Irrigation: (559) 289-3839 Jason Dees, jason@taylormadeirrigation.com
  • Watson Ag: (559) 864-3551 Trent Watson, trent@watsonag.net, Josh Templeton josh@watsonag.net

Irrigation company completes, returns Meter Installation Verification Form to MAGSA.

MAGSA’s Policy requires the installation of meters shall be performed by a MAGSA-approved licensed contractor. Meters must be installed in strict adherence to all applicable manufacturer specifications. Please see this Meter Installation Visual for example of a properly installed meter.

Upon completion of the meter installation, the irrigation company will complete a Meter Installation Verification Form. Irrigation companies can download this form HERE. The completed form must be returned to MAGSA by the irrigation company. Once the form has been received, MAGSA staff will conduct a follow-up inspection to confirm proper installation of the meter.

PLEASE NOTE: If special modifications are needed to the landowner’s distribution system to meet the manufacturer specifications for installation, the cost for these special modifications will be borne by the landowner. The rebate and irrigation company MAGSA discount only apply to the direct installation of the meter. It does not cover any additional work required to properly install the meter.

Landowner provides MAGSA copy of paid meter and installation invoice(s) for rebate.

To receive a rebate on the purchase and installation of your meter, you must provide MAGSA with a copy of the paid invoice(s) showing the cost to purchase and install the meter. There are three ways you can choose to provide MAGSA your paid invoice(s) either:

Mail to: MAGSA, 275 S. Madera Ave. Suite 301, Kerman, CA 93630
Email to: info@mcmullinarea.org (please include in subject line: Meter Invoices)
Drop off at: MAGSA’s office anytime through the mail slot located on the front door.

SGMA Water Analytics (SWA) schedules installation of telemetry with landowner.

Once MAGSA has confirmed proper installation of the meter, MAGSA will forward the landowner’s contact information and well location to SGMA Water Analytics (SWA). SWA is MAGSA’s contracted data management company. SWA will contact the landowner to install MAGSA’s approved telemetry system and enter into a monitoring services contract with the landowner.

To contact SWA directly call (206) 339-1258 or email clientservices@sgmawa.com.

MAGSA’s Policy requires monthly reporting of your well’s groundwater production and the installation of qualifying remote telemetry on each groundwater well. The privacy of landowner’s data is paramount for MAGSA. To ensure the security of the data, MAGSA has contracted with SWA. SWA has secure servers that will directly communicate with the MAGSA-approved telemetric system keeping the data tightly managed. The data will be provided back to MAGSA by SWA in an aggregate number of total groundwater pumped for reporting purposes to the State. Individual landowner’s information will not be provided to MAGSA.

SWA completes, returns Telemetry Installation Verification Form and invoice to MAGSA.

Upon completion of the telemetry installation, SWA will complete a Telemetry Installation Verification Form. SWA can download this form HERE. The completed form along with the landowner’s paid invoice will be returned by SWA to MAGSA. Once these items are received, MAGSA will begin the rebate process.

MAGSA submits required documents to the Bureau of Reclamation for grant reimbursement.

MAGSA was awarded a $2.8 million grant from the Bureau of Reclamation to assist with the landowner’s cost of purchasing and installing a meter, telemetry, and one year of groundwater use monitoring services. It is a matching grant, which means that a percentage of the cost must be covered by the landowner. Based on the average costs of these items, approximately 40 percent of the costs will be covered by the rebate.

Once MAGSA receives the verification forms and copy of paid invoices for all items in the packaged rebate, MAGSA will submit the required documents to the Bureau of Reclamation. All six steps must be completed to receive the rebate. Upon receiving funds from the Bureau, MAGSA will issue a rebate check to the landowner based on the contact information associated with the APN number where the meter and telemetry were installed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use matching funds from other grant sources in addition to the Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program?

You are not allowed to use matching funds if the source of funding is from another Federal grant.  For example, if you received EQIP grant funding to install meters and telemetry, the landowner cannot also receive funding from the Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program since they are both funded by the Federal government. A landowner can use matching funds if it is from another source funding, such as State or private funding.

Can I use a different telemetry provider besides SGMA Water Analytics (SWA) to report my pumping data?

You can use another telemetry provider; however, the data will need to be provided to SWA, which will mean an additional fee from SWA to manage your data. The privacy of landowner’s data is paramount for MAGSA. To ensure the security of the data, MAGSA has contracted with SGMA Water Analytics (SWA). This company has secure servers that will directly communicate with the MAGSA-approved telemetric system keeping the data tightly managed.

How will the data collected from SGMA Water Analytics be used?

MAGSA’s Policy requires monthly reporting of your well’s groundwater production. The data will be collected by MAGSA’s contracted data management company SGMA Water Analytics (SWA). SWA will provide MAGSA an aggregate number of total groundwater pumped within MAGSA’s boundaries for required reporting purposes to the State. MAGSA will not know individual landowner’s information. 

The data can also be used by the landowner to better manage groundwater usage and participate in future groundwater supply programs offered by MAGSA, like on-farm recharge and a groundwater market.

Who owns the meter?

The meter is owned by the landowner. Any repairs or replacement equipment are the responsibility of the landowner based on the warranty that is provided by the company that installed the meter.

Who owns the telemetric unit?

The telemetric unit is owned by the landowner. Any repairs or replacement of equipment are the responsibility of the landowner based on the warranty that is provided by the company that supplied or made the telemetric unit.

Do I have to use one of the six irrigation companies recommended by MAGSA to install my meter?

It is not required to use one of the six providers, but to ensure that you are eligible for the Meter & Telemetry Rebate Program, it is recommended. MAGSA has negotiated a discount on the costs of a meter and installation with six irrigation companies. The companies include:

  • Avid Water
  • HP Water Systems
  • Gar Bennett
  • Taylor Made Irrigation
  • Green Valley Irrigation
  • Supply Watson Ag

These six irrigation companies are knowledgeable on the types of meters allowed and installation requirements according to MAGSA’s Policy.

What happens if I do not have a meter installed by the January 31, 2025 deadline?

Landowners are expected to meet the obligations and deadlines established by MAGSA’s Policy. Failure to comply will incur a warning that allows not more than thirty (30) days to achieve compliance. Failure to meet the deadline established in the warning will result in MAGSA arranging for or performing the required work or task and the subsequent billing to the landowner for the any costs, charges or fees required to comply.

Are there specifications for the meter and telemetry I purchase to receive the rebate?

Yes. Growers must properly install the meter according to manufacturer specifications and MAGSA’s policy requirements. This means the meter must be the first in line from the discharge at the well and have the correct distance upstream and downstream on the pipe.

For an overview of meter and telemetry requirements, read MAGSA’s policy requirements or download THIS flyer. Examples of meters that meet those requirements include: Seametrics AG 3000 (flange) and AG 90 (saddle) and McCrometer Dura Mag (flange) and Mc Mag 2000 or 3000 (saddle).

If I must make additional modifications to my system when installing meter and telemetry, will the rebate apply to these costs?

If special modifications are needed to the landowner’s distribution system to meet the manufacturer specifications for installation, the cost for these special modifications will be borne by the landowner. The rebate and irrigation company MAGSA discount only apply to the direct installation of the meter. It does not cover any additional work required to properly install the meter.

How much will this rebate cover?

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

Who is eligible for the rebate?

Landowners who have registered their wells are now eligible for the Meter and Telemetry Rebate Program.

I haven’t registered my well. Can I still qualify for the rebate?

In order to qualify for the rebate, wells are required to be registered with MAGSA. Well registration forms are available at https://www.mcmullinarea.org/wellregistration.

Where do I submit my meter and telemetry installation invoices to get reimbursed?

To receive a rebate on the purchase and installation of your meter and telemetry, you must provide MAGSA with a copy of the paid invoice(s) showing the cost to purchase and install the meter. There are three ways you can choose to provide MAGSA your paid invoice(s) either:

Mail to: MAGSA, 275 S. Madera Ave. Suite 301, Kerman, CA 93630

Email to: info@mcmullinarea.org (please include in subject line: Meter Invoices)

Drop off at: MAGSA’s office anytime through the mail slot located on the front door.

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