Wednesday January 26, 2022


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

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:

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.

Not all AMI providers are currently capable of supporting the Fox Canyon Water Market data notification requirement on behalf of pumpers interested in participating in the Water Market. At this time, only the following 3 venders have established support:

  • Ranch Systems
  • Wildeye (Outpost)
  • Pumpsight
  • Acuity Agriculture


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:
  • Ranch Systems-
  • AMI Requirement Ordinance
  • AMI Technical Specifications Resolution 2018-01
  • AMI Update Form
  • Water Market Phase 2 Pilot Rules and Regulations
  • Water Market Phase 2 Participation Agreement
  • Water Market & AMI Workshop Presentation Slides - March 20, 2019
  • 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 or Are Operating in the Fox Canyon Area

    • Acuity Agriculture
    • McCrometer
    • Outpost (Wildeye)
    • Pumpsight
    • Ranch Systems
    • XiO
    • Wiseconn


    *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. The well Owner/Operator is responsible to confirm that the installed AMI product they purchase is in compliance with Resolution 2018-1 and the AMI Ordinance by ensuring that the installer or manufacturer submits a completed Manufacturer Compliance Certification to the Agency after installation.


     Water Market Workshop

    There was a Water Market Workshop for agricultural well owner and operators that explained how to join and make trades on the Water Market, and how to make the most of the Ranch Systems AMI and data portal provided through incentive funding by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. It was held March 20, 2019, 3:00 p.m. at the California Lutheran University Oxnard campus, 2201 Outlet Center Drive, Suite 600, Oxnard, CA 93036. To view the presentation slides please click here.