Meter Reimbursement Program
The Meter Reimbursement Program provides funding to irrigators to offset up to half the equipment cost of water meters
Thanks to a grant from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District provides funding to irrigators to offset up to half the equipment cost of water meters.
The District is now accepting applications from irrigators in the district for the meter reimbursement program on meters installed after April 29, 2015. An initial grant was awarded to the District by the TWDB on the basis that meters are an accepted and effective management tool for producers and for groundwater conservation districts. Since then, additional grants have been awarded, bringing the total to $1.7 million available to agricultural irrigators in the District.
If the property is leased, the renter and owner must print and sign the Meter Reimbursement Agreement, and return to Shari Stanford at firstname.lastname@example.org with their Meter Reimbursement Registration Form.
To be eligible for the meter reimbursement program, participants and meters must meet the following requirements:
- One half (½) the actual cost of each meter is eligible for reimbursement.
- Participants must complete registration with the District prior to purchasing and installing meters.
- Registration is no guarantee of full, partial or any reimbursement. Reimbursement is contingent upon program funds availability and meeting program requirements.
- Reimbursement is on a first-come first-served basis. First-come first-served does not mean first to register their intention to seek reimbursement. First-come first-served does mean first to complete the entire process of registering, completing all paperwork, installing all meters, receiving District inspections, furnishing all necessary receipts to the District and requesting reimbursement.
- Installation costs, other equipment costs, labor costs and meters for nonagricultural irrigation purposes are not eligible for reimbursement.
- Meters and installations must be inspected by the District prior to reimbursements.
- Only meters installed on agricultural irrigation systems are eligible for the meter reimbursement program.
- Meters must be installed at the well.
- Must be installed on reporting properties that report all groundwater production by meter.
- Must be for meter’s purchased and installed on or after April 29, 2015.
- Meters and installation must meet District Rules and be installed in accordance with manufacturer’s installation guidelines.
- Meters must be maintained in good working order and repaired expeditiously as necessary.
- Non-repairable meters must be replaced at the owner’s expense.
- Must furnish original receipts to the District that clearly show the meter costs and serial numbers. Copies of bank or credit card statements are not acceptable.
- Meters purchased and installed during the eligibility without prior registration with the District will be evaluated on an individual basis and may or may not receive any reimbursement.
- Applicants must notify the District after the meters installation is complete.
- Replacement meters (replacing a meter bought under this program) are not eligible for cost reimbursement.
- The District undertaking or operating future reimbursement programs is not guaranteed.
Do you have questions? Our staff members here at the District would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. For more information, please call our office at 806-935-6401.