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.”
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