FRESNO (AP) — California residents and farmers can expect less than a third of the water they requested for next year, but state officials hope that amount will increase.
The state Department of Water Resources said late this week that State Water Project contractors can expect to get 30 percent of their requested deliveries for 2013.
The contractors supply water to more than 25 million residents and nearly a million acres of farmland.
The initial allocation is usually low because the state receives more than 90 percent of its snow and rain from December through April. The allocation will increase as more storms arrive.
The final allocation this year was 65 percent of requested deliveries.
Higher allocations are difficult to achieve even in wet years due to pumping restrictions to protect threatened and endangered fish.