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California water resources scarce for 2011

November 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
California water resources will be stretched thin for a second year in a row, with farms and cities set to get only a quarter of the water they requested.The California Department of Water Resources set the allocation for the upcoming year to water districts serving about 25 million people and 750,000 acres of farmland. Though the allocations are less than hoped, they are 5 percent greater than at the same time last year, which was the lowest since the agency began deliveries in 1967.

The 2010 allocation eventually rose to 50 percent after reservoir levels rose due to winter and spring storms.

Officials are hopeful that the 2011 allocations will be able to undergo similar adjustments if precipitation levels remain average. Rain and snow levels are at above average levels currently.


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