Central Valley Project begins 2018 water year with 8.9 million acre-feet of storage
October 12, 2017
• That is 145 percent of 150year average
• 4 Million acre-feet more than a year ago
The Central Valley Project has started the new “water year: with a its reservoir’s brimming with water, says the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Reclamation says the 2018 water year, which runs from October first through September. 30, 2018, starts off with about 8.9 million acre-feet of water in six key reservoirs: Trinity, Shasta, Folsom, New Melones, Millerton, and the federal share of the joint federal-state San Luis Reservoir.
This is 145 percent of the 15-year average annual carryover of 6.2 million acre-feet and 4 million acre-feet more than the amount which the just-ended water year.
"2017 was an incredible water year, and we are pleased to have bountiful water supplies," says Regional Director David Murillo. "Now we are focusing on balance. We are heading into winter with our reservoir levels at a safe place with respect to flood control, should we experience another wet winter. At the same time, we believe we have conserved healthy storage levels in the event that we have a dry winter."
The amount of stored water at the end of the water year reflects the amount carried over into the new water year. One acre-foot is the volume of water sufficient to cover an acre of land to a depth of 1 foot, enough water to sustain a typical California household of four for one year. In spring 2018, Reclamation anticipates making a preliminary assessment of allocations for the water year.