"Parched, California Cuts Off Tap to Agencies"

"LOS ANGELES — Responding to one of the worst droughts in California’s history, state officials announced on Friday that they would cut off the water to local agencies serving 25 million residents and about 750,000 acres of farmland."

"With no end in sight for the dry spell and reservoirs at historic lows, Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources, said his agency needed to preserve what little water remained so it could be used 'as wisely as possible.'

It is the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that water allocations to all of the public water agencies it serves have been cut to zero. That decision will force 29 local agencies to look elsewhere for water. Most have other sources they can draw from, such as groundwater and local reservoirs."

Ian Lovett reports for the New York Times January 31, 2014.

SEE ALSO:

"California Drought Produces Thirst for Water – And Political Solutions" (McClatchy)

Source: NY Times, 02/03/2014