Tuesday December 18, 2018


Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) & Water Market

New Ordinance Requires AMI On All Metered Wells.

All wells required to have a flowmeter are also required to install AMI. AMI is an integrated system for communicating groundwater extractions and other information for improved irrigation efficiencies.

The deadlines to install AMI are as follows:

  • Agricultural wells:December 31, 2018
  • M&I wells: October 1, 2019
  • All other metered wells: October 1, 2020

Agricultural wells have an opportunity to receive incentive grant funding to equip their wells with AMI. Pumpers in the Oxnard Plain and Oxnard Forebay basins have the option to participate in a Water Market, qualifying them for a larger incentive.

Incentive amounts are tiered to encourage early participation (see table)


Water Market & AMI

AMI Only

Wells   1-100



Wells   101-200



Wells   201-400



Wells   401-700



To be eligible for any incentive, well owners/operators must be in compliance with all FCGMA regulations, including flowmeter calibration, and have no surcharges or unpaid fees or fines in the 14/15 water year. To review your well’s compliance status please log into https://www.fcgmaonline.org/Logon/Logon.aspx.

Well owners or operators wishing to take advantage of available incentive should complete the “Water Market & Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Incentive Registration Form” as soon as possible.  The application must be filled out to receive an incentive, even if you are not interested in or eligible for the Water Market. The application is available online and can be accessed at:http://fcgma.org/forms/registration

The Water Market Pilot is limited to wells in the Oxnard and Forebay basins. Water Market Pilot participants must install AMI equipment on all extraction facilities reporting under the same CombCode.

The FCGMA’s Operations Committee has recommended Ranch Systems’ devices for AMI implementation under this grant. Wells Owners & Operators may choose to install AMI equipment from another vendor as long as it meets the AMI Technical Specifications outlined in Resolution 2018-01. Incentives are only available for AMI equipment obtained through Ranch Systems. To learn more about the AMI equipment offered under this grant please visit


Following approval, incentive applicants will be contacted by Ranch Systems to arrange for installation.

For questions or more information, contact Keely Royas at (805) 654-2014 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Important links:

  • Water Market & AMI Application: http://fcgma.org/forms/registration
  • Ranch Systems-https://www.ranchsystems.com/home/fcgma-project/
  • AMI Requirement Ordinance
  • AMI Technical Specifications Resolution 2018-01
  • Water Market Phase 2 Pilot Rules and Regulations
  • Water Market & AMI Workshop presentation slides
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Map of Pumping Trough and Seawater Intrusion

     These Companies Responded to Fox Canyon's Request for Qualifications

    • Ranch Systems
    • XiO
    • Outpost (Wildeye)
    • Eco-Drio Irrigation Supply
    • McCrometer
    • Endress & Hauser

    *Ranch Systems was selected by Fox Canyon as the vendor for AMI installation under the grant funding. These companies expressed interest in providing AMI service to Fox Canyon and stated that they have equipment options that would be in compliance with the Fox Canyon requirements. Please note that the equipment and capabilities of the listed vendors are not certified by Fox Canyon.