The Department of Water Resources (DWR) on Tuesday set the initial allocation at just 10% for the State Water Project for the 2021 water year.
Northern California broke a record with no rainfall in October and just 53% of average in November. Water storage has declined significantly from where it was this time last year. Lake Shasta went from 119% of average to 75% now, while Lake Oroville dropped from 90% to 61%.
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“While we still have several months ahead of us, dry conditions persist,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “Californians can help by always using water carefully, inside and outside their homes and businesses.”
DWR makes the final adjustments to the allocation typically in May.