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California Drought Could Force Key Water System to Cut Deliveries

Officials Friday said that for the first time ever, the State Water Project that helps supply a majority of Californians may be unable to make any deliveries except to maintain public health and safety.

California Drought

The water level in Lake Cachuma is dropping, in part because of sustained drought conditions across the state. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times / January 14, 2014)

The prospect of no deliveries from one of the state’s key water systems underscores the depth of a drought that threatens to be the worst in California’s modern history.

But the practical effect is less stark because most water districts have other sources, such as local storage and groundwater, to turn to. Officials stressed that the cut did not mean faucets would run dry.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the state project’s largest customer, has said it has enough supplies in reserve to get the Southland through this year without mandatory rationing.

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