New Permanent Special Agricultural Water Rate (PSAWR) program

Eligibility requirements begin on January 1, 2021!!

 

To qualify for the PSAWR program after January 1, 2021, the property owner must be registered with one of the four Growers Programs below:

Regional Water Quality Control Board

County of San Diego

  • Grower’s List
    • Certification to apply pesticides
    • To get an Operator Identification Number (OPID) to get on the Grower's List call (858) 694-8980 and ask to speak with a pesticide inspector or email prp.awm@sdcounty.ca.gov
  • Active Certified Producers
    • A Certified Producer is a farmer who has been certified by the AWM to sell in Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFMs)
    • Click on – “Download a Certified Producer Application” link
  • Organic Producers
    • Grown locally – sold to wholesalers who sell to markets across US
    • Portion sold to local restaurants and natural food stores
    • Also sell directly to public through produce stands, Certified Farmers’ Markets throughout the county of SD and Community Supported Agriculture programs.
    • Click on – “Organic Registration Information & Application” link

The PSAWR program follows the guidelines provided by the San Diego County Water Authority. Agricultural production shall mean the growing or raising, in conformity with recognized practices of husbandry, for the purpose of commerce, trade or industry, of agricultural, horticultural or floricultural products produced for human consumption or the market.

Farmers and growers who participate in the new permanent program will receive a lower level of water service during a supply allocation from the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) or other water supply shortages or emergencies. That allows the Water Authority to reallocate those supplies to municipal and commercial/industrial (M&I) customers who pay for full water service and reliability benefits. In exchange, participating farmers do not pay the supply rate differential between the Water Authority’s melded water rate and Metropolitan’s Tier 1 water rate, as well as being exempt from paying fixed water storage and supply reliability charges.

Backflow device

A backflow device must be installed at the meter.  Backflow device will need to be checked annually. 

Click here to view backflow device diagram.

Agricultural Water Customers are required to participate in the General Agricultural Orders issued by the San Diego Regional Water Board. Participation may be on an individual basis or through a Third-Party Group on your behalf. Information on this requirement may be found at:
https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/agriculture/

 

The Residential Agricultural Water Program is for smaller groves on a residential property. 

Property must be a minimum of .75 acres with one-half acre in production, not including residential landscaping.

A backflow device must be installed at the meter.  Backflow device will need to be checked annually.

Proof of agricultural activity must be provided upon request.  Proof can be in the form of sales or picking receipts, a copy of your Schedule F (Profit or Loss from Farming) of most recent tax return, or a donation receipt from a 501(C)3 Charity.