Water and Irrigation Units and Facilities
Center for Irrigation Technology
The Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) is an independent testing laboratory, applied research facility, and educational resource center based at Fresno State. It is the only independent laboratory in the United States specializing in testing and evaluating irrigation equipment and plays a leading role in the development of national and international standards for irrigation equipment and testing procedures. More than 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory space is available for research and development for both public agencies and private businesses. Testing and training activities are conducted by full-time staff technicians under the leadership of the center director. University professors, staff and students also use the facilities to conduct specialized research projects. CIT irrigation and engineering specialists offer seminars, workshops, study tours and customized training programs to domestic and international clients.
International Center for Water Technology
The International Center for Water Technology (ICWT) is a public-private partnership dedicated to the development and application of advanced technologies that enhance agricultural, environmental and urban water use. Located in the northeast corner of the university campus, the ICWT laboratory is housed in the Water, Energy & Technology (WET) Center and features an 8,400-square-foot testing laboratory, including a 30,000-gallon, 28-foot-deep water chamber capable of testing pumps of up to 300 horsepower.
While the program targets opportunities and issues within the San Joaquin Valley region, solutions and experiences are applicable worldwide. The ICWT supports development of technologies that address water supply and quality; flood protection; and environmental enhancement. Since water is a finite resource, responsible management requires the inclusion of all stakeholders to determine appropriate long-term use and allocation.
Water, Energy & Technology Center - BlueTechValley
The Water, Energy & Technology (WET) Center provides an entryway for entrepreneurs, innovators and established and start-up businesses to accelerate product development and business launch of new water and energy technologies. The mission of BlueTechValley, which includes the WET Center, is to establish California’s Central Valley as a world leader in water and energy innovation while supporting entrepreneurs and creating jobs in our regional economy. The facility, located in the northeast corner of the Fresno State campus, houses five on-site member businesses – on a rotational basis – that are developing technologies and products for the water or energy industries. The center honors Claude Laval, a Fresno water technology industry leader who for years has dedicated himself to the issues of economic development and job creation in the Central Valley.
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.