DWR: Water Deliveries Down Next Year

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, October 30, 2008

Department of Water Resources Director Lester Snow is calling on all Californians to conserve because water is in short supply.

He says the State Water Project will likely only be able to deliver about 15 percent of what customers requested.  That’s the second lowest rate on record.  The Water Project delivers water to 25 million California residents and 750-thousand acres of farmland.   Farmers say the impact on crops and jobs could be devastating.   Snow says reservoirs are low after two dry years.  And he says the state still faces restrictions on how much water it can pump southward because of the threatened fish – the Delta Smelt.   Snow says even if the state gets an average amount of rain this winter, it will still face a drought.