Sacramento, CA — For the first time since 2006, valley farmers and downstream municipalities will receive 100% of their requested water allocations through the State Water Project.
It is a sharp increase from early December’s projections when the Department of Water Resources was planning to release just 5% of requested allocations. Following the wet winter months, it was bumped up to 35% in February, and 75% in March.
The State Water Project supplies water to 29 municipalities, serving an estimated 27 million customers, and 750,000 acres of farmland.
The past two years, during heavy drought, the state released 0% of the requested allocation. California DWR reports that reservoirs, statewide, are at about 105% of average capacity for the date.