Bureau of Reclamation Announces Initial 2022 Allocation

The Bureau of Reclamation announced initial 2022 water supply allocations for Central Valley Project contractors. Allocations are based on a conservative estimate of water available for delivery to CVP water users and reflect current reservoir storages, precipitation, and snowpack in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada.

South-of-Delta Contractors

  • Irrigation water service and repayment contractors south-of-Delta are allocated 0% of their contract total.
  • M&I water service and repayment contractors south-of-Delta are allocated 25% of their historical use.
  • For San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors and San Joaquin Settlement Contractors, the 2022 water year is currently designated as a critical year, as defined in their contracts.

Friant Division Contractors

  • Friant Division contractors’ water supply is delivered from Millerton Reservoir on the upper San Joaquin River via the Madera and Friant-Kern canals. The first 800,000 acre-feet of available water supply is considered Class 1; Class 2 is considered the next amount of available water supply up to 1.4 million acre-feet. Given the current hydrologic conditions, the Friant Division water supply allocation is 15% of Class 1 and 0% of Class 2.

As the water year progresses, changes in hydrology and opportunities to deliver additional water will influence future allocations. Reclamation will continue to track hydrology and may adjust basin-specific allocations if conditions warrant an update. Water supply updates are posted on Reclamation California-Great Basin Region’s website. For the full press release click here.

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