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January 28, 2015

California State Water Board — Curtailments May Be Same or Worse in 2015

As the California drought emergency continues, the State Water Resources Control Board (The Board) issued a notice late last week advising all water rights holders that if hydrologic conditions do not significantly improve in the next several months, curtailments in 2015 can be expected to be the same as or exceed those seen in 2014.  In its notice, the Board encouraged water holders to plan ahead and to look into additional conservation measures and alternative water supplies. 

The notice was issued as part of Governor Jerry Brown’s proclaimed State of Emergency declared in 2014 in which he directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought. More than 9,000 water rights curtailments have taken place since that time.