Reclamation updates 2018 Central Valley Project water allocations South-of-Delta

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100, eccurtis@usbr.gov

For Release: June 15, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation Friday issued updated allocations for South-of-Delta Central Valley Project contractors for the 2018 contract year.

Based on continued refinement of hydrologic and operational analyses and evolving operational conditions, the allocation for South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors has increased from 45 percent to 50 percent. The allocation for municipal and industrial contractors South-of-Delta remains at the greater of 75 percent of their historic use or public health and safety needs.

“This allocation update takes into account the latest information and projections for how the system will be operated through the rest of the year,” said Mid-Pacific Regional Director David Murillo. “We are encouraged that we were able to get to this level of allocation given the very dry start to 2018.”

To promote effective use of supplies in San Luis Reservoir this year and efficiency for next year’s operations, Reclamation is still planning to limit the overall amount of water in San Luis Reservoir that is rescheduled at the end of the contract year into the 2019 contract year. Discussions are ongoing with South-of-Delta contractors and others to refine end-of-year rescheduling concepts and implementation.

Water supply updates are posted at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html.

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