SACRAMENTO (AP) - Water will be scarce next year for farms and
cities that rely on the state for their supplies, a situation that is likely to prompt water rationing and less planting.
The Department of Water Resources on Thursday announced it will
deliver just 15 percent of the amount that local water agencies throughout California request every year.
That marks the second lowest projection since the first State Water Project deliveries were made in 1962.
It could force farmers in the Central Valley to fallow fields and cities from the San Francisco Bay area to San Diego to impose mandatory water rationing.
The state's reservoirs are low after two years of dry weather and court-ordered restrictions on water pumping out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The State Water Project delivers water to more than 25 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland.
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