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Federal water managers in California say the initial allocation of water from the Central Valley Project (CVP) to agricultural customers will be zero.
Among those affected: the Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District and Stockton East Water District.
With most of winter over, the Sierra snowpack water content measures one-fifth of normal, meaning little runoff is expected to help fill CVP’s six already low reservoirs.
California is facing what is shaping up to be a fourth year of drought conditions.
This is the second year valley farmers were told no CVP water would be available to them. Last year some turned to groundwater pumping or didn’t plant.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation stated municipal and industrial contractors will receive enough water to meet health and safety needs or at least 25 percent of their historic use, whichever is greater.
The reclamation bureau will re-examine the allocations each month.