California Agriculture Online

California Agriculture journal cover, January–June 2014

Current issue:

Water efficiency:

Recycled water, irrigation technology

As California enters the third year of an historic drought, with reservoirs at all-time lows and thousands of acres lying fallow, scientists and policymakers are looking for ways to increase water conservation and efficiency across the state. New UC research demonstrates the possibilities and challenges of irrigating crops with recycled wastewater (pages 59, 68, 75) and employing technology to reduce water use in surface-irrigated fields (page 82). Shown is Trinitas Cellars, which has irrigated its 12-acre vineyard in Napa County with recycled water for over seven years. The color purple on the irrigation tubing is used universally to signify recycled or reclaimed water. Photo by Will Suckow