State Water Efficiency & Enhancement Program (SWEEP)
SWEEP is a program that provides financial assistance to growers to implement irrigation systems that reduce their on-farm water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. CDFA awards up to $200,000 to qualifying projects.
Since 2014, CDFA has selected 1,130 projects to be awarded, funding a total of $123 million. In each application cycle, 25% of the funds are reserved for historically disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and low-income communities.
Contact UC Cooperative Extension specialists for free technical assistance with the application or implementation of your SWEEP project.
Eligible practices include:
- Installation of variable frequency drives (VFDs)
- Pump retrofit or replacement
- Soil moisture sensors
- Use of evapotranspiration (ET) based irrigation scheduling
- Conversion to micro-irrigation or drip irrigation
- Pump conversion from diesel to electric or solar
- Conversion to low-pressure irrigation system