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The region’s long-term water supply reliability depends upon a continued commitment to water-use conservation and efficiency by residents and organizations. Mission RCD established one of the first Mobile Irrigation Labs in the state providing irrigation system evaluations on a wide variety of irrigation systems and crops county-wide and has been working with our partners on water conservation on residential, commercial, and agricultural properties since the 1990s. Over the past 5 years, Mission RCD has worked with more than 2,500 property owners in both the landscape and agriculture sectors to improve water use efficiency in irrigation and eliminate irrigation run-off into storm drains, water courses, and ultimately, the Pacific Ocean. 

Mission RCD water conservation programs are based on NRCS best management practices and centered in equity and inclusion, supporting the California Department of Water Resources, San Diego County Water Authority, Rancho California Water District, and the Municipal Water District of Orange County. We are developing new conservation programs and our current water programs include:

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SDCWA Agriculture Water Management Program

This program supports irrigation system evaluations to growers with one or more irrigated acres. Mission RCD provides irrigation system evaluations, water use efficiency recommendations, crop data and technical information about the types of irrigation equipment used to increase water use efficiency and crop yield on agricultural sites. These evaluations assist growers with evaluating how to achieve maximum water efficiency and to determine how to better manage the water resources available to them, and more efficiently manage irrigation requirements for productive and healthy plants.

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Rancho California Water District/TEAM RCD Water Management Program

Mission RCD has provided irrigation system evaluations for Rancho California Water District’s agriculture customers to increase water use efficiency and crop yield on agricultural sites since 2010. More recently, our assistance on Rancho’s Irrigation Efficiency Program (AIEP) and CropSWAP programs is done in collaboration with Temecula Elsinore Anza Murrieta (TEAM) RCD. Evaluations support the rebate program for irrigation system equipment upgrades with an audit of irrigated agricultural sites and providing growers with technical assistance and recommendations on how to increase efficiency and improve system distribution uniformity and efficiency.

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MWDOC Smart Timer Rebate Program Installation Verification/Inspection

Mission RCD has supported MWDOC’s outdoor water rebate programs since 2017 with rebate installation verification and on-site field services for the SmartTimer Rebate Program, Turf Removal Rebate Program, Spray to Drip and Rotating Nozzle Rebate Program. These programs offer incentives to residential and commercial property owners for purchase and installation of weather-based and other water conservation devices for eligible customers in Orange County.

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