The Bureau of Reclamation announced an update to its Central Valley Project (CVP) Water Supply Allocation for the 2011 contract year. This updated allocation reflects improved precipitation and snowpack in the Sierra Nevada to date. 

“Thanks to a steady influx of rain and snowfall in February and March, the CVP water supply is above average for this date,” Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor said. “The initial allocation on February 18, 2011, for most CVP contractors was 100 percent of their contract supply. Today we announce an increase for South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors from their initial allocation of 50 percent to 55 percent. The South-of-Delta Municipal and Industrial (M&I) water service contractors will also see an increase from 75 percent to 80 percent of historic use.” 

This updated allocation is based on the California Department of Water Resources’ March 1, 2011, Runoff Forecast, current hydrological conditions and additional information. Reclamation will continue to monitor water supply data provided by the state and will make adjustments to the allocation as soon as they are indicated. 

“In this type of water year, a 55-percent allocation for South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors – which is below the 20-year average final allocation of 62 percent – reinforces the critical need for a long-term solution to improving California’s water supply reliability. While there may be opportunities to increase the South-of-Delta allocation over the next several weeks, we remain committed to working with our partners to develop the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan,” Commissioner Connor said.