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Tougher Water Restrictions May be Headed Your Way

 
Posted May 1st, 2014 @ 6:51pm by KFBK News - Tim Lantz

State water managers don't expect much improvement from the season's last measurement of the Sierra snowpack, a key source of water in drought-stricken California.  

With that in mind, tougher water restrictions may be headed your way.

The Water Resources Control Board on it's website is forecasting water cutbacks for all lower-level, water-rights holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Watershed.  

By the middle of May, those with water rights coming after 1914 could be forced to use less water.  

In early June, the board is forecasting pre-1914 junior water rights holders will be the next to see a reduction if the drought continues.  

Everyone in the watershed will be hit with mandatory cutbacks if needed by the middle of June.

Department of Water Resources managers say the northern Sierra snowpack that feeds California's major reservoirs is 9 percent of average, and the reservoirs are only half full. 

 

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