Rebates Available for Costs Associated with AMI Installation in Oxnard Area
According to an ordinance passed by the GMA Board of Directors in February 2018, all pumpers must equip their flowmeters with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) telemetry by December 31, 2018. To help offset installation and equipment costs, pumpers may apply for rebates and/or participate in a pilot Water Market program that will qualify them for a larger rebate. The rebate funds are courtesy of a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
An online application is available for the Water Market and Advanced Metering Infrastructure System Incentive. To quality for a rebate, operators must be in compliance with all GMA regulations and have no surcharges, unpaid fees or fines. Operators can check their well’s compliance status by logging into their FCGMA account.
Operators are encouraged to apply early. The first 100 wells enrolled will quality for a $2,500 rebate, with $2,000 and $1,000 rebates available for wells 101 – 400 and 401-700 respectively. Those approved for the program will be contacted by Ranch Systems to select from two solar-powered AMI models that provide online access to well data. The monthly service fee will be waived for the first year; after that, operators will be responsible for the $22/month service fee. Operators may choose to install other AMI telemetry, but it must meet specified performance criteria. Rebates are only available for AMI equipment obtained through Ranch Systems.
Oxnard and Forebay Basin operators also can participate in the Water Market pilot program and become eligible for an additional $1,000 rebate. The Water Market is a voluntary exchange or transfer of a set water allocation between a willing buyer and seller.