Determine the Water Requirements for Cannabis Cultivation

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PROVIDING WATER SOLUTIONS FOR CANNABIS CULTIVATION

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PROVIDING SOLUTIONS FOR WATER REQUIREMENTS

The California State Water Board adopted the Cannabis Cultivation Policy to establish guidelines for water quality and the quantity of water used for cannabis cultivation in the state. The Cannabis Cultivation Program is a water quality permit known as the Cannabis General Order and through Cannabis Small Irrigation Use Registrations, relating to water rights.

 

The General Order includes cannabis cultivators in the Central Valley Region whose cultivation activities occupy and/or disturb more than 1000 square feet. Cannabis cultivators whose cultivation activities occupy and/or disturb less than 1000 square feet are not required to obtain coverage under the General Order.

Cannabis cultivators whose cultivation operations are not in compliance with local/county ordinances cannot obtain coverage under the General Order, but should abide by all Discharge Prohibitions and Discharge Specifications, and implement all applicable Best Management Practices outlined in the General Order, to ensure their operations do not impact water resources.

CALCULATING YOUR WATER NEEDS

 

The exact amount of water it takes to grow cannabis depends on several factors such as the location, size of plants, type of soil, strain, etc. The general consensus reached by the Emerald Growers Association in Humboldt County is that it takes approximately 100 – 200 gallon of water to produce one pound of the processed flower. Water requirements are based on the amount of cultivation, the property location and the local fire protection authority standards.

 

If you plan to divert water from a watercourse or water body, you should first ensure that you have a legal right to that water source. As good stewards of the environment, marijuana cultivators should develop water storage systems to collect and capture water during the wet season for use during the dry/growing season, in compliance with your water rights. This will help to minimize the impact of cannabis cultivation on aquatic ecosystems during the dry season and is especially important during drought years

PROVIDING COST-EFFECTIVE CAPACITIES

Tank LinkCapacityPriceDiameterWall Height
XLE 08/029,907-Gallons$7,999.0015′ 5″7′ 2″
XLE 13/0216,392-Gallons$10,699.0019′ 9″”7′ 2″
XLE 15/0220,243-Gallons$11,699.0022′ 0″7′ 2″
XLE 23/0229,093-Gallons$14,699.0026′ 4″7′ 2″
XLE 30/0239,626-Gallons$17,999.0030′ 9″7′ 2″
XLE 40/0251,785-Gallons$22,349.0035′ 2″7′ 2″
XLE 50/0265,567-Gallons$25,299.0039′ 6″7′ 2″
XLE 50/0397,148-Gallons$32,399.0039′ 6″10′ 7″

FIRE PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS FOR CULTIVATION

 

The majority of fire departments in California are associated with a fire protection district who manage inspections, permits, enforcement directed by the County Fire Chief. Each County provides fire and building codes, fire sprinkler requirements, fire flow standards, inspection and permit process for fire protection. If the parcel is zoned “Forestry Recreation FR” or “Timber Production Zone TPZ” it must be approved by the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL-FIRE).

A Fire & Life Safety Inspection is required, prior to starting of operation, even if there aren’t any improvements to the property are being proposed. If more water is needed in case of fire emergencies, the water source must have the necessary firefighting adapter and nozzles.

We offer complete permit submittal packages that include California engineer stamped detailed drawings as well as the tank foundation design for an easy process to spec for projects. Pioneer Water Tanks are constructed on-site with a proprietary jacking system that doesn’t require heavy machinery for an accelerated installation.

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DETERMINING WATER NEEDS

 

In order to obtain a commercial marijuana license, you must meet Regional Water Board and local fire protection requirements.

 

“Size and scope of an operation shall be such that the amount of water used shall not adversely impact water quality and/or beneficial uses, including and in consideration with other water use by operations, instream flow requirements and/or needs in the watershed, defined at the scale of a HUC-1220 watershed or at a smaller hydrologic watershed as determined necessary by the Regional Water Board Executive Officer.” (California Regional Water Quality Control Board North Coast Region)

A Fire & Life Safety Inspection is required, prior to starting an operation, even if no improvements to the property are being proposed. If more water is needed in case of fire emergencies, the water source must have the necessary firefighting adapter and nozzles.
(Fire Department Requirements for Cannabis Cultivation)

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