The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
Water and Irrigation Units and Facilities
Center for Irrigation Technology
Since 1980, the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) has worked with the public and private sectors providing third-party, independent testing data to advance irrigation, water, and energy technologies and management strategies. Built on a foundation of innovation and technology transfer focused on testing, applied research, and entrepreneurship, CIT supports developing and deploying technologies that will bring the world the most innovative products and resource management tools.
With more than 20,000 square feet of laboratory space, combined with field testing acreage, CIT’s facilities and expertise make it possible to test products to a wide variety of U.S. and international standards and protocols, including EPA WaterSense® Labeling. CIT laboratories are in compliance with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 as recognized by IAPMO Research and Testing Inc.
Training and educational programs continue to be a fundamental part of CIT’s services. CIT staff conduct live and virtual events for farmers, industry, agency personnel, and water and energy professionals covering a range of topics including pump efficiency, irrigation technology, and water and energy use efficiency. The CIT Mobile Education Centers (MEC), developed 20 years ago for the Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program (APEP), take important educational content on the road.
CIT staff, faculty, and students collaborate with industry and entrepreneurs on testing and applied research studies to evaluate product performance. In addition to the educational experience, these activities offer students employment and valuable on-the-job training.
Water, Energy & Technology Center - BlueTechValley
Since 2007, the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center has been fulfilling a simple mission: to connect and cultivate water, energy and ag-technology ventures and businesses to California’s Central Valley. In partnership with an extensive innovation ecosystem, the WET Center is driven by goals to grow healthy businesses and support a diverse and inclusive group of entrepreneurs who are taking on the world’s most critical ag, energy and food tech challenges. The facility is located in the northeast corner of the Fresno State campus and offers office spaces for rent, a plug-and-play space and testing labs. Key funding for the WET Center was provided by the California Energy Commission, Department of Energy, Economic Development Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. The WET Center is a division of the California Water Institute."
California Water Institute
The California Water Institute (CWI) is an academic center of excellence for research, education and policy analysis of issues involving water resources, including water quality and integrated regional water management planning. Situated in the northwest corner of Fresno State’s University Farm Laboratory, the institute was founded in 2000 to be a forum for unbiased, open, collaborative discussion, research and education on water-related issues benefiting the entire state.
Administrative staff oversee research and activities that enhance and preserve California’s water resources and quality. Activities include assisting in policy development, working with disadvantaged communities on water issues, conducting watershed studies and developing water resource management strategies. Staff members present workshops and symposia, provide analysis on water issues, and develop and present educational materials related to water use.