The Sutter Mutual Water Company (SMWC or Company) was established in February 1919. The Company’s primary function is to supply high quality irrigation water at a reasonable cost to Landowners within the service area. SMWC serves roughly 47,000 acres mostly south of the Tisdale Bypass between the Sacramento River to the west and the Sutter Bypass to the east. The Company operates and maintains over 200 miles of open channel canals systems and 500 turnouts. This distribution system is served by three diversion points from the Sacramento River (from north to south): Tisdale Pumping Plant, State Ranch Pumping Plant, and Portuguese Bend Pumping Plant.
Starting in early 2020, Davids Engineering has been supporting the company in their efforts to modernize their water distribution and drainage systems. Our initial efforts have focused on creating comprehensive inventories of their water management infrastructure, field delineations, and cropping patterns. After successfully completing this first phase of work, we are continuing our efforts to implement turnout level flow measurement with the RemoteTracker system at all 500 farm-gate deliveries. This includes the data management systems for managing water delivery data and using these data to develop customer invoices. Additionally, Davids Engineering has been providing on-call modernization support services, including advancing ITRC recommendations from conceptual design through implementation. Specific tasks include identifying and securing grant funding opportunities, advancing designs from conceptual level through final designs, construction management, incorporating remote monitoring and control (i.e., SCADA), and other needs as specified by SMWC.