The State Department of Water Resources estimates customers will only get about a quarter of what they’ve asked for next year. That’s thanks to last year’s dry winter. The State Water Project supplies contractors who sell to local water districts and farmers. Dave Kranz with the California Farm Bureau Federation says if things don’t change, growers will have to adjust:
“You’ll see farmers who will plant less. They will plant different crops. They will channel whatever water they have available to probably their permanent crops – tree and vines – to keep them alive."
Water Resources officials say the 25 percent figure could go up or down depending on how much rain and snow we get this winter. This is the lowest projection since 2003.