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Published May 21, 2010, 09:22 AM

California water officials announce increase in deliveries

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A series of late season storms has prompted water officials to increase the amount of water to be delivered to farmers and cities.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A series of late season storms has prompted water officials to increase the amount of water to be delivered to farmers and cities.

The state Department of Water Resources announced Thursday that it would increase water deliveries to 45 percent of the amount requested.

The allotment from the department, which provides water to 25 million Californians and 750,000 agricultural acres, is up from a 5 percent allocation originally estimated for this year.

Even with the increase, water officials say some communities, farms and businesses will have limited alternative supplies.

Officials say Lake Oroville, the state water system’s main reservoir, is still at only 68 percent of its capacity. Federal wildlife agencies have also imposed pumping restrictions intended to protect fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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