Friday Top of the Scroll: Drought-hit California cities to get little water from state
California water agencies that serve 27 million people will get just 5% of what they requested from the state to start 2023, water officials announced Thursday. The news of limited water comes as California concludes its driest three-year stretch on record and as water managers brace for a fourth year with below-average precipitation. But if the winter is wetter than expected, the state could boost how much supply it plans to give out — as it did last year when allocations started at 0% and ended the winter at 5%. Absent an end to the drought, water-saving measures are poised to continue, including calls for people to rip up decorative grass, limit outdoor watering, take shorter showers and run dishwashers only when full.
- San Francisco Chronicle: California drought – Reservoirs to meet just 5% of demand next year
- CA Department of Water Resources: News release – DWR Announces Initial State Water Project Allocation of 5 percent, Outlines Actions for a Possible Fourth Dry Year
- Spectrum News 1: Conservative water allotments expected from state
- Los Angeles Times: California set for more brown lawns and water restrictions as state issues 5% allocation