Water agencies that supply millions of California residents and farmers with water will be getting a reduced water supply this year.
The state Department of Water Resources announced Wednesday that contractors of the State Water Project can expect to get half the water they requested, a drop of 10 percent from earlier estimates.
And the Bureau of Reclamation, which runs the federal Central Valley Project, says agricultural water contractors on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley should expect to get only 30 percent of the water they had requested. Municipal and industrial water contractors would receive 75 percent.
Officials say the reduced amounts are based on lack of rain this winter and a meager snowpack, which is less than a third of normal.