Bureau Announces 100% Allocation for South-of-Delta Contractors

With statewide snowpack at record levels, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today announced that South-of-Delta water contractors will receive 100% of their Central Valley Project contract supply for the first time since 2006.

“Following the California Department of Water Resources exceptional March 30 snow survey results, Reclamation is pleased to announce this increase to a 100 percent allocation for our South-of-Delta water contractors,” said Pablo Arroyave, acting regional director for Reclamation. “However, as Governor Brown reminded us last week when lifting California’s drought state of emergency, the next drought could be around the corner. It is crucial that we remain vigilant in conserving our precious water resources.”

Reclamation previously announced a 100% allocation for all CVP contractors with the exception of agricultural water service contractors South-of Delta. Those contractors – in the Delta Division, San Felipe Division, and the San Luis Unit – were initially allocated 65% of their contract supply, while Municipal and Industrial (M&I) contractors South-of-Delta were initially allocated 90% of their contract supply.

Strong snowpack water content statewide helped to bring those initially low allocations to a higher level. On March 30, DWR reported an average statewide snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada of 45.8 inches, or 164% of the historical average for the date. As a result of the water availability south of the Delta and the amount of snowpack in the central and southern Sierra Nevada, Reclamation officials said they are able to make this significant water supply allocation increase.

Reclamation is announcing the following updated allocations:

South-of-Delta Contractors

  • M&I water service contractors South-of-Delta are allocated 100% of their contract supply.
  • Agricultural water service contractors South-of-Delta are allocated 100% of their contract supply.

In a written statement, Reclamation officials said they strongly encourage the use of surface supplies instead of ground water wherever possible through the remainder of the 2017 water year. In order to promote effective use of supplies in San Luis Reservoir this year and efficiency for next year’s operations, Reclamation will limit the overall amount of water to be carried over to the 2018 contract year to 150,000 acre-feet. Reclamation will continue to work with contractors regarding a strategy for water carried over from the 2016 water year and plans to effectively carry over water for the 2018 contract year.

Information on CVP water supplies is available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html. For additional information, contact Public Affairs at 916-978-5100 (TTY 800-877-8339) or mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.