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Water level severity downgraded to ‘dry’

The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Storms last month have raised water supply levels, but the state still faces a dry summer, federal officials said Thursday.

A month ago, farmers who get irrigation water from the Central Valley Project were told they might only receive 15 percent of their annual water contract.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Thursday that farmers irrigating land north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta will now get 60 percent of their annual contract while farmers to the south will receive 40 percent.

”At the February 15th forecast we were looking at a critically dry year,” said Sammie Cervantes, a bureau spokeswoman. ”Now we’re looking at a dry year. So you can see things have improved.”

Cervantes said the bureau raised its projections based on the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada and the anticipated runoff.

Communities that receive water from the delta will also get more than the 65 percent they were told to expect.

Municipalities north of the delta should get 85 percent of their contract and communities to the south will probably get 75 percent.

The CVP provides irrigation water for about 3 million acres and drinking water for about 3 1/2 million people.

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