Groundwater Management Experts

Because no farm should have to fallow land

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About Us:

Umida AG provides farms with sustainable groundwater management infrastructure. We work thoroughly with each farm to develop a plan to reduce water needs during the growing season, then a strategy to rebalance and recharge the groundwater from excess surface water flow, resulting in more water with less effort and resources. The extra groundwater serves as reserves for disruptions to water delivery. 

Umida AG sustainability analysts design groundwater neutrality plans that exceed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act rules. We are here to guide and advise from the initial interview, to planning and rollout of a groundwater management plan. 

We love our farming communities and want to see them thrive for hundreds of years into the future. If you are concerned about your farm’s future, then contact us.

Umida AG infrastructure projects are more than just groundwater rebalancing. The infrastructure helps farms move to 100% renewable energy use, and the pipe itself is made of 100% recycled plastic, lasting up to 80 years. Farms using the Umida AG infrastructure can achieve zero carbon footprint and even negative carbon footprint (sequestering more carbon in the ground than what is used to grow the crop).

FAQ:

Umida AG is in an entirely new irrigation category, called virtual water table. This irrigation method eliminates water lost to evaporation, cutting water consumption during the growing season. In the winter or runoff season, the same irrigation infrastructure is used to recharge the groundwater, with a goal of recharging twice the volume that was withdrawn during the summer months.

Process:

First Stage: During this initial consultation stage, we gather data about the farm (crop type, age, spacing, contours of the land, soil types, block size, and total acreage), review the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) plan the farm is in, the current groundwater level, the available surface water for recharging, and electricity billing usage. 

Second Stage: Draft a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement, outlining all the key targets we are to assist in achieving (i.e., how water banking credits are managed, fee structure, and surface water allotments to be expected). 

Third Stage: Implementation and testing. Then installation guide over the next 24 months. 

Fourth Stage: Agreements signed and work starts.

Fifth Stage: Surface water allotments management. We manage the paperwork to assure the farm operation is allocating enough water for recharging