California Farm Water Success Stories: Recycled Water and Agriculture

Published: December 8, 2011
Author: Peter Schulte

Growers in California are increasingly looking to recycled water as a way to consistently meet their irrigation demands in the face of growing water scarcity and pollution concerns. Though the volume of recycled water used in California has more than doubled in the last two decades, there are still a number of barriers hindering it from more widespread use.

The case study Using Recycled Water on Agriculture: Sea Mist Farms and Sonoma County, part of the California Farm Water Success Stories series, explores how Sea Mist Farms and Sonoma County successfully use recycled water for agriculture and describes the costs and benefits from the application of water reuse.

Download the case study.
Download the Pacific Institute press release.

Dale Huss of Sea Mist Farms, Salinas Valley

Dale Huss describes the use of recycled water on agriculture in the Salinas Valley.

In addition to these success stories, the Pacific Institute and other members of the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply have launched an Interactive Database and Map which contains more than 30 case studies, including the Pacific Institute’s success stories, and is searchable by location, production type, irrigation method, and stewardship practice.

Read the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply press release.


– Sustainable Water Management for Urban Agriculture
– State and Federal Funding Accelerates Efficiency
– Vegetated Waterways and Riparian Restoration
– Industry-Driven Standards for Water Efficiency
– Managing for Multiple Benefits
– Smart Irrigation Scheduling
– Groundwater Banking
– Improved Communication, Monitoring, and Measurement
– Integrated Regional Water Management
– Volumetric Pricing and Conjunctive Use