State Water Efficiency and Conservation Program

State Water Efficiency and Conservation Program

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides grants in the form of grants for the implementation of irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California's agricultural enterprises. Eligible system components (among others) include soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives, and the installation of renewable energy to reduce farm water use and energy.

The water savings from the SWEEP grant will help help drought-stricken farmers, protect California's natural resources, reduce the state's carbon footprint, and provide energy security.


Sweep grants are available for installation of equipment such as variable frequency drives (VFDs), drip irrigation systems, rainwater collectors, pump retrofits, etc. Grants are provided by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) in association with local water districts. Grant applicants are required to show proof that projects have been completed or are in progress. Grant recipients are usually funded for one to four years (depending on the size of the project) to complete the project.

SWEEP provides grants through the DWR's Water Resources Department in the Central Valley. Eligible projects include all systems used in agriculture. In Central Valley, grant applications for water-saving systems are evaluated by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) program and DWR.

Agricultural impacts

The sweep program is one of the most effective tools for drought-stricken farmers in the valley. With SWEEP funding, farmers have installed efficient irrigation systems, increased soil moisture and reduced water consumption by more than 200 million gallons per year. Sweep funds enable farmers to irrigate when they need them and allow them to save more water than they have. For example, a typical farmer with a 150-inch diameter well receives about 9,000 gallons of water per minute (GPM) a year, but an efficient irrigation system is capable of achieving 22,000 GPM and sending 3,000 gallons of water on each side. Land every minute of the year. While this is an impressive advantage, the new technology does not save water. Irrigation system has to be installed for every acre of irrigated land. Therefore, farmers need to install more efficient systems or improve the efficiency of existing systems. Moreover, an irrigation system has to be designed to prevent waterlogging. Without these two limitations, an efficient irrigation system does not have much of an advantage.

What types of projects are eligible?

Eligible system components (among others) include soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives, and the installation of renewable energy to reduce farm water use and energy.

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For any type of infrastructure project, we need to balance the environmental benefits (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) with the community's water, energy and sewer maintenance needs.

What are the benefits of SWEEP ?

In addition to helping farmers and ranchers save water and reduce their energy costs, SWEEP also has environmental benefits. The CDFA estimates that more than 81,000 metric tons of CO2e will be lost annually, the equivalent of 17,500 cars being removed from the road for one year (based on the equivalent of reducing emissions). In addition, SWEEP projects will save 117,000 acre-feet of water per year, enough to fill 70,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

When farmers and pastoralists use the technology discussed in SWEEP to help them meet their irrigation needs more efficiently and conserve water, environmental benefits can also accrue to surrounding communities, usually through SWEEP-qualified technologies and projects. For example, an urban farmer can save water by using a drip-line irrigation system for her hydroponic garden; By reducing the use of that water, the surrounding community can reduce the use of potable water.

SWEEP recognizes and rewards projects that offer many environmental benefits and reduce water and energy consumption. These may include reducing GHG emissions, reducing water use and energy consumption (as well as saving costs for farms or farms) and / or energy production from renewable resources. For example, hydroponic vegetable farms use less water than farm-based vegetable farms but produce more food. They will be eligible for SWEEP incentives. Also, the conversion of energy-intensive poultry operations into efficiency with equal or more production would also be eligible.

Sweep recognizes technology that generates renewable energy from agricultural production. These technologies could include wind, solar, fuel cells, bio-methanol production, and methane, biogas, and power generation from anaerobic digesters. Power generation through the use of solar panels or wind turbines may be eligible for incentives. While bio-methanol can be sold to vehicles running on fuel, the electricity generated from this process can be used to drive vehicles (and for other uses). Thus, if anaerobic digester is used in combination with solar panels and wind turbines, it will be eligible for SWEEP incentives.

SWEEP aims to promote investment in technologies that improve water and energy efficiency. Incentive packages should be well-designed so that they are affordable and the technology selected is highly efficient.

SWEEP benefits will be achieved through the implementation of improved water and energy efficiency in New Jersey. While other states offer manufacturers a wide range of state, local, and federal financial incentives for their water and energy efficiency, New Jersey has made a major commitment to adopt and implement a water and energy efficiency technology-based incentive package. State Economic Development Authority (SEDA). This is the only state incentive program for this.

To effectively implement the SWEEP incentive package, we encourage the state to develop a comprehensive plan that aims to achieve water and energy saving in an industry-specific way using performance-based incentive systems. The plan should have clearly defined steps that will be used to achieve its goal.

Since its inception, the SWEEP promotion program has been operating in a “pilot” mode. In this pilot year, water and energy efficiency measures have been developed and the first pilot projects have been funded through the program. We recommend making SWEEP a permanent program using long-term funding flows.

Water efficiency promotion, are programs that encourage businesses to adopt and implement water and energy-saving technologies that benefit the environment and help businesses prosper. Sweep is a model program for New Jersey that uses energy and water as economic drivers. While New Jersey could easily offer one-time cash incentives for these improvements, using SWEEP as a model program would be beneficial for other states. SWEEP will establish a program for other states to follow and establish the mark

What do people say about Sweep ?

SWEEP 2020 was a major breakthrough for the industry at all stages of development. SWEEP 2020 is an exciting time to become a blockchain enthusiast in North America. Is working hard to provide a safe platform for everyone to share their stories and ideas.

SWEEP 2021 will introduce a new generation of blockchain solutions to support the growth and sustainability of blockchain organizations and institutions.

The new wave of blockchain offerings will bring more services and innovation across the region. Sweep 2021 will help industries find new ways to go beyond their current solutions.

 The goal of SWEEP 2021 is to create a free, transparent and equitable blockchain ecosystem with a global, collaborative community of blockchain experts.

It will provide open innovation, adhere to high standards for the industry, and support the growth of blockchain in North America. The Sweep 2021 platform will face challenges in the blockchain sector, such as governance and compliance.

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