Water & Drought

State Water Project customers will get bigger allocation due to winter’s wet start

Portions of the two largest north-south water delivery systems in California run side-by-side near Patterson, Stanislaus County. In the foreground is the Edmund G. Brown California Aquaduct (State Water Project) and behind it is the Delta-Mendota Canal, part of the (Federal) Central Valley Project.
Portions of the two largest north-south water delivery systems in California run side-by-side near Patterson, Stanislaus County. In the foreground is the Edmund G. Brown California Aquaduct (State Water Project) and behind it is the Delta-Mendota Canal, part of the (Federal) Central Valley Project. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

California officials, acknowledging the wet start to winter, on Wednesday more than doubled the expected allocation of water from the State Water Project.

The Department of Water Resources said customers can expect to receive 45 percent of what they’ve requested in 2017. That compared with the initial allocation of 20 percent a few weeks ago.

The allocation generally grows as the winter progresses and rains fall. Last year the allocation grew from 10 percent at the start of the winter to 60 percent as reservoirs filled up.

The State Water Project serves major agricultural districts, parts of the Bay Area and the massive Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler

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