2019 State Water Project Allocation Increased to 70%
Increased Precipitation Gives Public Water Agencies a Major Boost
Sacramento, CA – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today that public water agencies are now projected to receive 70 percent of contracted water supplies from the State Water Project (SWP) this year. This 35% increase up from DWR’s allocation announcement last month, was made possible thanks to nearly constant wet hydrology over the winter, and DWR staff, who have worked tirelessly to keep the State Water Project operating safely and efficiently.
The State Water Project provides water to 27 million Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland and businesses from Silicon Valley to San Diego. That water moves through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and supplies in-Delta agricultural and municipal water diverters while supporting the Delta’s recreational and environmental needs.
“We are thrilled with this significant increase in much-needed water supplies. Following an extensive, severe drought, this increased allocation will help in the recovery process in places across California who receive supplies from the State Water Project. We would also like to thank DWR for their continued dedication to keeping SWP facilities operating to ensure the responsible management of our states most critical resource.”
State Water Contractors
The State Water Contractors is a statewide, non-profit association of 29 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 27 million residents throughout the state and more than 750,000 acres of agricultural land. For more information on the State Water Contractors, please visit www.swc.org.