Sacramento, CA – On April 14, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced an increase in State Water Project deliveries to 85 percent, up from previous forecasts of 60 percent, after California broke the record for the wettest winter in the Northern Sierra on April 13. This hydrology paired with DWR’s efficient management of the SWP has enabled them to increase available supplies to cities, farms and businesses throughout the state.
“After years of devasting drought, it’s comforting to know that this year we’ll be able to deliver more water to communities than we have in more than a decade. This year has been exceptionally challenging given the issues at Oroville and Clifton Court Forebay, and we appreciate the State’s difficult job in allocating water supplies. As cities and farms recover from years of drought, we thank the Department of Water Resources for the boost in deliveries and their commitment to continually look for ways to manage allocations in light of the infrastructure and environmental challenges we face. And we join the Department in urging Californians to maintain a conservation mindset, knowing that we could be back in drought before we know it.”
To read DWR’s announcement or more information on State Water Project allocations, please visit www.water.ca.gov.
The State Water Contractors is a statewide, non-profit association of 27 public agencies from Northern, Central and Southern California that purchase water under contract from the California State Water Project. Collectively the State Water Contractors deliver water to more than 25 million residents throughout the state and more than 750,000 acres of agricultural land.