Winter Storms Boost Water Supply
The recent winter storms in the Sierra have improved the state's water supply outlook for the rest of the year….but after three dry years, officials say water’s still in short supply.
Friday, April 30, 2010
The latest Sierra snow survey shows the white stuff is pretty wet. Water content of the mountain snowpack is 143 percent of normal for this time of year. Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin says that means the state water project may be able to deliver more water for homes, businesses and farms. Right now the department expects to deliver only 30 percent of the water requested. Cowin says now that may increase slightly. The initial allocation late last year was only five percent. About two thirds of Californians get their water from the melting Sierra snow. The Department measures the snowpack to help determine California’s water supply outlook for the year.