December 1, 2022
Ian Anderson

State Water Contractors Respond to Initial Allocation of State Water Project Supplies

Current Drought Conditions Result in Just Five Percent Allocation, Underscoring Urgent Need for Conservation and to Modernize and Protect Critical Water Infrastructure
Sacramento, CA – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced an initial five percent 2023 water supply allocation for public water agencies who receive water from the State Water Project (SWP), providing minimal water for the 27 million Californians and countless businesses and farms that rely on the SWP to support their industries. The decision reflects California’s severe and ongoing drought conditions as the state enters its fourth consecutive dry year.
“While five percent is certainly preferable to zero, it is a far cry from the water supplies that California’s public water agencies need after three consecutive years of drought,” said Jennifer Pierre, General Manager of the State Water Contractors.
“This allocation underscores the need for continued conservation going into 2023 but also the need to make investments in the State Water Project, such as the Delta Conveyance Project, repair to existing canals, increased storage, and climate-responsive operational rules, to ensure that water can be moved and stored during the wet years and times when there are high flows to mitigate the effects of dry years like we’re in.”
“For example, had the Delta Conveyance Project been operational at the end of last year, when we had record-breaking storms, California could have saved about 236,000 acre-feet of water, enough to support roughly 2.5 million Californians or nearly 850,000 households for an entire year. California cannot afford to let these valuable supplies go to waste – we must save water when it’s wet, for use when it’s not.”

The State Water Contractors is a statewide, non-profit association of 27 public agencies from Northern, Central and Southern California that purchase water under contract from the California State Water Project. Collectively the State Water Contractors deliver water to more than 27 million residents throughout the state and more than 750,000 acres of agricultural land. For more information on the State Water Contractors, please visit
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