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State officials announce cut in water for SoCal

Agency that supplies half SCV’s water among those that will receive just 35 percent of request

Posted: March 22, 2013 7:41 p.m.
Updated: March 22, 2013 7:41 p.m.

State Water Project contractors — including the one that supplies the Santa Clarita Valley with about half its water — will receive only 35 percent of their requested water deliveries for 2013, officials announced Friday.

The Castaic Lake Water Agency, which supplies about 50 percent of the water to Santa Clarita Valley homes and businesses, is among the agencies that contract for water from the State Water Project.

The announcement Friday put allotments at 5 percent less than officials said they would be in January.

Officials with the California Department of Water Resources said the additional reductions were necessary due to a record dry January and February, coupled with a grim outlook for rain conditions in March.

Another factor was pumping restrictions that were imposed in December and January to protect Delta smelt and salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

“This reduction in allocations illustrates the need for water infrastructure that is flexible enough to capture supplies when they are available,” said Terry Erlewine, general manager of an association that represents State Water Project contractors.

“There is no way to predict the amount of rain and snow we will get each year, which is why it is vital that we capture water when it is available so we can save it for these dry spells.”

The Santa Clarita Valley receives about 50 percent of its water from the State Water Project. The rest comes from groundwater.

While municipal and industrial water contractors will receive just 35 percent of their requested water allotments, San Joaquin Valley’s agricultural water suppliers will receive a water allocation of 20 percent of requested deliveries, according to officials.




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