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State Water Project Allocation Increased to 30%, Limitations of Outdated Infrastructure Reduce Actual Water Deliveries
24 February 2016

Sacramento, CA – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today that public water agencies are now projected to receive 30 percent of contracted water supplies from the State Water Project (SWP) in 2016. Despite winter storms allowing DWR to increase the previous 15 percent allocation, actual deliveries will be limited by an estimated 340,000 acre-feet due to current pumping restrictions and system limitations.

“Any increase in water supplies is appreciated, but 2016 water deliveries have been greatly reduced due to pumping restrictions and outdated infrastructure. This winter has been riddled with missed opportunities – to date, public water agencies could have captured and stored nearly twice as much outflow from winter storms had a modernized water delivery system been in place. These additional supplies could be saved and used when needed most to protect Delta fish species and water quality and to better serve customers throughout the state.”

Terry Erlewine
General Manager
State Water Contractors