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California’s Water Demand Could Far Exceed Supply In 2014

The Department of Water Resources said it will only be able to initially fulfill five percent of requested water deliveries in 2014. Every year water agencies throughout California request water through the State Water Project. More than 25 million people and 700 thousand acres of farmland depend on the supply.

DWR said the water allocation may go up as California enters its rainy season, but there are no guarantees. In 2010, following three years of drought, the initial five percent allocation was eventually increased to 50 percent.

The State Water Project relies largely on reservoir levels when calculating initial allocations and, so far, levels are low. For example, the San Luis Reservoir in Merced County is only at 25 percent of capacity.

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