News Release: DWR Drops State Water Project Allocation to Zero, Seeks to Preserve Remaining Supplies
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“To protect Californians’ health and safety from more severe water shortages in the months ahead, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [Jan. 31] took actions to conserve the state’s precious resources. As a result, everyone – farmers, fish, and people in our cities and towns – will get less water.
“DWR’s actions are in direct response to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s drought State of Emergency. …
“Except for a small amount of carryover water from 2013, customers of the State Water Project (SWP) will get no deliveries in 2014 if current dry conditions persist and deliveries to agricultural districts with long-standing water rights in the Sacramento Valley may be cut 50 percent – the maximum permitted by contract – depending upon future snow survey results. It is important to note that almost all areas served by the SWP have other sources of water, such as groundwater, local reservoirs, and other supplies.”