Below-average winter prompts California water conservation
The second consecutive dry winter has prompted state water managers to reduce allocations to the state water project that supplies millions of Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland. The state Department of Water Resources announced this week that it will only be able to deliver 5% of the requested allocations following below-average precipitation across the state. That figure is down from the initial allocation of 10% announced in December. Many of the state’s major reservoirs are recording just 50% of average water storage for this time of year, and won’t see a major increase due to a snowpack that is averaging just 65% of normal, according to state statistics..
- Modesto Bee: Some water suppliers have just 5% amid drought. Oakdale district has surplus to sell
- Marin Independent Journal: Marin water suppliers nearing decision on drought measures
- The Ceres Courier: TID sets reduced irrigation cap amid dry year
- Wine Business: California Vineyards Prepare for 2021 Drought Conditions
- Brownstein Water: SWRCB Notifies Water Users of Potential Shortages; DWR reduces SWP Allocations
- GV Wire: As Drought Warnings Rise, Will Local Water Restrictions Return?