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.”
What little bit of rain California received in December and February was just enough to help reservoir storage. The Department of Water Resources announced it will increase water deliveries through the State Water Project.
The US Bureau of Reclamation says most farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will face a second year with no water from the Central Valley Project. Some farmers and cities may receive more.
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