Business Journal: More Water Restrictions Possible
The Central Valley could see more water restrictions if this year is as dry as last.
Friday, October 3, 2008
California’s new water year started Wednesday with sunny skies and Folsom Lake storage at about half of average. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which manages reservoirs in the Central Valley, classified last year’s water year as critically dry. It cut water allowances for its customers by 25 percent to 60 percent. If Northern California receives average precipitation this winter, the bureau might be able to provide full water allocations next year. But if it’s another dry year, water utilities and irrigation districts could face more cutbacks. Still, Sacramento is in better shape than coastal and southern Central Valley regions. Many Sacramento-area water agencies have senior water rights or can fall back on well water if reservoirs get too low.
The bureau won’t know until February or March whether it will cut water allowances.