BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — As California farmers face zero water allocations following one of the driest periods on record in California, one central valley farm is partnering with Desalitech, a supplier of high-efficiency water solutions, to irrigate farmland from a brackish aquifer in the San Joaquin Valley, according to a press release.
This aquifer is large and easily accessible, but due to increasing salinity levels after decades of pumping and drought, it has been rendered unusable for many kinds of agriculture, noted the release.
Fabbri Ag Services is using a Desalitech ReFlex™ reverse osmosis system featuring advanced Closed Circuit Desalination (CCD™) technology to provide affordable irrigation water and minimize waste generation and energy consumption, the release reported.
By utilizing a dormant brackish aquifer, the release continued, Fabbri Ag Services is making efficient use of local water resources without burdening the state’s already strained reservoir system.
According to the release, the installed Desalitech reverse osmosis system provides Fabbri with 300 gallons per minute of irrigation water to supply about 40 acres of land at a farm near Bakersfield, Calif. with highly pure water that can be used to support high value crops like almonds and grapes.