The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced on June 20 it will increase the 2019 State Water Project (SWP) allocation to 75 percent from 70 percent. This is the final allocation for the calendar year. The initial allocation in November 2018 was 10 percent.
California’s reservoirs continue to remain above their historical average thanks to the more than 30 atmospheric rivers since the start of the water year. Earlier this month, the statewide Sierra snowpack was 202 percent of normal. It’s California’s fifth largest snowpack dating back to 1950.
The increase in water deliveries to the 29 SWP contractors will provide additional water supply for more than 27 million Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland.
DWR’s California Data Exchange Center website, cdec.water.ca.gov, shows current water conditions at the state’s largest reservoirs and weather stations and measures current rain and snow precipitation.