State Water Supply In Bad Need of Wet Weather

Nov 29, 2013 5:46 PM

Oroville Dam operators are trying to hold the line on water levels at the lake while the North State waits for badly needed rain in the valley and snow in the mountains.

The lake's water storage is now at just 64 percent of its historical average for this time of year. Earlier Friday, dam operators temporarily cut the outflows from the lake by about 70 percent in an effort to conserve.

As it stands now, the state is only expected to deliver 5 percent of its normally water deliveries to water users down stream. That could change if we get a wet winter.

The dam on the Feather River is the primary storage facility for the State Water Project, the state-owned system that provides drinking water to more than 23 million people across the state.


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