Farmers on both west and east sides of the San Joaquin Valley are dealing with an unprecedented low allocation of water.
Terra Bella Irrigation District on the east side also lacks groundwater.
General Manager Sean Gievet says if they don’t get enough rain by summer, thousands of acres of citrus crops are at risk.
Terra Bella is part of the larger Friant Water Authority which irrigates one million acres and serves 15,000 farmers.
“We can make sure people have water," says Gievet. "Beyond that though, there’s no more water. So all of my irrigation demand, all the citrus and nuts and the guys growing the crops I don’t have any water for them right now.”
Mandatory statewide water conservation rules have ended in California. But Sacramento-area users conserved 22 percent in June, compared to June 2013.
California and federal agencies say a new strategy is needed to save the endangered Delta smelt.
California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought, but state water managers ended mandatory conservation rules. Local water suppliers now determine conservation rates, and some have low or no targets. A water expert says that's 'shortsighted.'
California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought. Although mandatory statewide water conservation is over, the State Water Resources Control Board says water conservation remains a "top priority."
The California Water Resources Control Board Wednesday says Californians cut water use by 28 percent in the final month of mandatory statewide conservation.