California Increases State Water Project Allocation to 40% Amidst Encouraging Snowpack Levels

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The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has raised the State Water Project (SWP) water supply allocation forecast for 2024 to 40%, up from 30% last month, enough for an additional 1.5M homes.

Today’s announcement by the DWR signals a significant boost in water resources for the state, with an additional 420,000 acre-feet of water set to be allocated. This increase is attributed to an 800,000 acre-foot surge in storage at Lake Oroville and promising data from the latest snow survey conducted on April 1, indicating near-average statewide snowpack levels at 99% of the average for this time of year.

The State Water Project’s updated allocation forecast allocates 40% of requested supplies to contractors south of the Delta, 65% to contractors north of the Delta, and a full 100% allocation to Feather River Settlement Contractors. Monthly updates on allocations will continue as assessments of snowpack, rainfall, and runoff information progress, with a final determination expected in May or June.

With encouraging water supply projections and ongoing efforts to optimize water management, state officials say they remain vigilant in addressing its water needs amidst fluctuating environmental conditions.