Initial California water allocation set at 20 Percent

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State officials say dozens of water agencies may receive 20 percent of their requested deliveries in 2017.

The Department of Water Resources initial allocation forecast announced Monday is twice more than that announced a year ago.

Official say winter storms in coming months may boost the first 2017 allocation, but point out California’s deep drought lingers.

Initial allocations almost always change. The 10 percent allocation ultimately gave way to a 60 percent allocation for 2016.

The State Water Project supplies nearly two-thirds of California residents and irrigates nearly 1 million acres of farmland.

California is in a record drought, and the state’s reservoirs are at or near record lows.

The rainy season has had a strong start with snow in the Sierra Nevada and rain in parched Southern California. But officials point out that one wet year won’t make up for the long drought.

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