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State Lowers Water Allocation to 5% of Requests

By CalChamber 

As a result of persistent drought conditions, the State Water Project (SWP) now expects to deliver just 5% of requested supplies this year, down from an initial 10% allocation announced in December.

The 5% allocation amounts to 210,266 acre-feet of water, distributed among 29 long-term SWP contractors who serve more than 27 million Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland.

Initial allocations are based on conservative assumptions regarding hydrology and factors such as reservoir storage. Reviewed monthly, allocations may change based on snowpack and runoff information, which the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) typically finalizes by May.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the Central Valley Project (CVP), yesterday announced that its CVP water supply allocation to agricultural water service contractors south of the Delta will not be available for delivery until further notice.  Read More

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