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On the heels of the high fire danger comes the final snow survey for the year. Department of Water resources public information officer Ted Thomas says that Thursday’s water content in California’s snowpack is only 17 percent of normal, meaning below average water supply this summer.
After a record dry January and February in much of the state, DWR currently projects it will only be able to deliver 35 percent of requested amounts from the State Water Project (SWP). Thomas says we still have good content in our reservoirs.
The 29 public agencies that purchase SWP water requested just over four million acre-feet of water for this calendar year. Collectively, the agencies supply more than 25 million Californians and nearly a million acres of irrigated agriculture.
Snow normally provides about a third of the water for California’s homes and farms as it melts into streams, reservoirs and aquifers.