Californian Officials to supply just 20 percent of water

Fresno-Calif:- Water Districts that serve vast farmland and 25 million Californians can expect to receive a fraction of the supplies sought from the state, during the fourth year of the drought, officials announced on Monday.
The State Water Project is planning to deliver 20 percent of the requested amounts-a figure that marks a 5 percent increase from its previous estimate in January.
According to the California Department of Water Resources, which provides water to districts in the San Joaquin valley, Southern California and San Francisco Bay Area, however, it’s the second-lowest amount since 1991.

Curtis Creel, said “ Each little amount of water we get is a big deal” He is the assistant general manager of the Kern County Water Agency based in the agriculture-rich Central Valley. “Compared to last year the higher allocation does give us a little bit of breathing room.”

Creel said the agency will be forced to draw on reserve water stored underground. Some farmers will have to leave fields unplanted or rely on groundwater.

Careful management and large storms in December and February have put state reservoirs at a higher levels than a year ago.

Mark Cowin, Director of the State’s Department of Water resources said in a statement “We’re confident that this water, delivered to local districts around the state, will help offset some economic harm of this extended drought.”

General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Jeffrey Kightlinger said the slight increase was welcomed but it does not change the supply picture. The district provides water to 19 million Southern California residents.

Kightlinger also said… MORE

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