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California Boosts Water Deliveries to Cities and Farms

posted on April 23, 2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State water managers are increasing deliveries to California's cities and farms, saying recent storms have boosted supplies.

On Friday, the state Department of Water Resources reported the snowpack had grown to 132 percent of normal for this time of year.

Water contractors will receive 30 percent of their water requests—up from 20 percent promised earlier this month. Last year, cities and farmers received 40 percent of their allotment.

The department's director, Mark Cowin, says the state cannot provide full water deliveries because this year's rain and snowfall were not enough to completely reverse three years of drought. The state's key reservoir, Lake Oroville in Butte County, is just more than half full.

Pumping restrictions in the delta intended to protect threatened fish also have curtailed deliveries.

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