September 2, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amid California's drought, state officials have announced they won't be able to provide water to agencies serving 25 million people and nearly 1 million acres of farmland.
Friday's announcement marks the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that such action has been taken.
State Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin says there simply is not enough water in the system now. He says the action was taken to conserve water in the state's reservoirs, which are far below normal levels.
Most of the towns and farms that draw from the State Water Project have other sources of water. But those also are limited because of the dry conditions.
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