Cuts get deeper and deeper for water agencies

Update: A DWR spokesman points out that the amount of water requested by contractors has greatly increased over the years, so use caution making comparisons between early deliveries that were often 100 percent, and the current percentages which tend to be much lower.

State water officials today announced a mere 5 percent initial allocation next year for cities from the Bay Area to San Diego, and some south San Joaquin Valley farms.

These first, conservative numbers almost always improve as winter storms begin to bolster the snowpack in the High Sierra. But how often do State Water Project customers actually get a full allocation?

Not often. Or should I say, not often recently.

Here are the percentages dating back to the late 1960s, as provided by the state Department of Water Resources:

Year

Initial Allocation

Final Allocation

1968

100

100

1969

 100

100

1970

 100

100

1971

 100

100

1972

 100

100

1973

 100

100

1974

 100

100

1975

 100

100

1976

 100

100

1977

100

90

1978

36

100

1979

100

100

1980

100

100

1981

100

100

1982

100

100

1983

100

100

1984

 100

100

1985

100

100

1986

100

100

1987

100

100

1988

100

100

1989

100

100

1990

100

100

1991

85

30

1992

20

45

1993

10

100

1994

50

50

1995

40

100

1996

75

100

1997

70

100

1998

40

100

1999

55

100

2000

50

90

2001

40

39

2002

20

70

2003

20

90

2004

35

65

2005

40

90

2006

55

100

2007

 60

60

2008

25

35

2009

15

40

2010

5

50

2011

25

80

2012                  60

65

2013                 30

35

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