FRIANT WATER AUTHORITY PRESS RELEASE: Statement from FWA CEO Jason Phillips on 2024 Initial Friant Division Water Allocation

“After a slow start to the water year, several large storms have begun to pack the Northern and Central Sierra Mountain ranges with much needed precipitation and snowpack. And thankfully so”, said Jason Phillips. “On behalf of FWA and the entire Friant Division of the CVP, I’d like to thank the US Bureau of Reclamation for the early initial allocation announcement of 60% for Class 1 Contractors. Under the latest inflow forecasts we anticipate the need for an increased allocation soon even under dry conditions to avoid spilling of Millerton supplies this spring. We look forward to frequent updates to the allocation and continued coordination from Reclamation as this water year progresses.”

The Friant Division has two water contract types that reflect its purpose and design as a conjunctive water management project that encourages contractors to store water underground in wet years for use in drier years.

  • Class 1 water is the first 800,000 acre-feet of water captured in Millerton Lake under long term contracts. Class 1 contractors are usually cities or districts without access to groundwater supplies.
  • Class 2 water is the next 1.4 million acre-feet of water captured in Millerton Lake under long term contracts. Class 2 contractors use much of this for irrigation and groundwater recharge.

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