DWR Increases State Water Project Allocation to 70 Percent

  • by Matt Veeh
  • Mar 20, 2019
  • Water News

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an increase to the 2019 State Water Project allocation to 70%, up from the 35% allocation that was announced in February.

Significant winter storm activity has continued to boost statewide snowpack and precipitation levels to well above average for the year. The 70% allocation, already double last year’s final SWP allocation of 35%, could be further increased if DWR determines that statewide water conditions support additional water being supplied to state water contractors.

“Just 10 weeks ago it looked like we may have been facing another dry year in California,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “Fortunately, we’ve turned a corner and now it’s shaping up to be a great year for water supply. California’s hydrology varies year to year, which is why all Californians must work together to use water wisely.”

DWR reported that February was the third wettest recorded in the Northern Sierra index since 1921, and the sixth wettest in the San Joaquin index since 1913.

To view current water conditions throughout the state, including snowpack, precipitation, and reservoir levels, visit DWR’s California Data Exchange Center website.

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