California plans to cut off state water
February 3, 2014
California officials announced Friday plans to shut off state water allotments to farmers and communities beginning in the spring. [MercuryNews]
For the first time in its 54-year history, the State Water Project won’t allot any water to the 25 million people and 1 million acres of farmland that it usually services. Each month, state officials will reassess the zero allotment policy based on rainfall accumulations.
The announcement means that communities allotted state water will have to utilize ground water and water from reservoirs.
For example, the tap on Pismo Beach’s 1,100 acre feet (358 million gallons) of state water will be shut off. Pismo Beach will have to get water from its 896 feet of Lopez Lake and it’s of 700 feet of ground water.