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Dry Weather Prompts Reduced Water Deliveries



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, March 22, 2013
California experienced a record dry January and February. 
 
And it doesn't look like the state will see its "Miracle March" to bring all the water needed.
 
The Department of Water Resources can now only promise 35-percent of requested deliveries through the State Water Project.
 
That's down from 40 percent.
 
DWR rarely reduces delivery projections.
 
It has only happened three times since 1970.
 
Pumping restrictions to protect salmon and Delta Smelt have also left the San Luis Reservoir 63-percent full.
 
That supplies water for both the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.
 
But other reservoirs will help California cope with the dry weather.
 
The state water project supplies water for nearly 25 million Californians and a million acres of farmland.
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