Sacramento, CA – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today that public water agencies are now projected to receive 45 percent of contracted water supplies from the State Water Project (SWP) in 2016. The increase from 30 percent will provide increased flexibility for SWP contractors, who have not received more than half of their allocated supplies since 2012. California’s inadequate water system continues to force missed opportunities to capture needed supplies.
A modern water delivery system would have allowed the state’s water agencies to receive approximately 486,000 acre-feet of additional water in 2016, which would have allowed for a forecasted SWP allocation of 55 percent – a significantly greater amount of water that could have been used to replenish storage, recharge groundwater basins, supply our cities and provide relief for farmers who grow the food we eat.
“Today’s increase in water deliveries is an improvement, but California’s cities and farms could be receiving greater drought relief – the missed opportunity to capture an additional half million acre-feet in 2016 to date underscores the need for a better system. We need to move forward with a solution that will balance the multiple demands of the Delta, removing the need to forgo opportunities to bolster water supply reliability for environmental protection.”
State Water Contractors