A state agency projects that water will be expensive and hard to come by in the drought-stricken Yakima Basin.
One farmer estimates reviving the 60 miles of the San Joaquin River that have gone dry will deplete about 300,000 acres of farmland.
The bottled water plant amounts to less than two-thousandths of 1 percent of the city’s annual water usage.
The State Water Resources Control Board sent a letter to about 1,600 water right holders, mostly Central Valley farmers in the San Joaquin River watershed, ordering them to stop pumping from streams.
Overall, water use fell from 19.4 billion gallons in 2013 to 14.9 billion gallons in 2014. Caltrans accounted for most of the savings.
Water departments are being pulled in different directions by an administration that demanded hitting residents in the pocketbook to save water and the legal uncertainty of charging guzzlers higher rates.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has started drawing down Yakima Basin reservioirs and an irrigation district is rationing water — two signs the drought has taken hold.
A bill allowing water transfers in the Klamath Basin was approved by a key Oregon legislative committee.
Groundwater irrigators owe 89,000 acre feet of water by May 1 to satisfy the Surface Water Coalition's call this year.
With drought expected this season, Klamath Basin ag businesses lament that more hasn't been done to solve the area's water woes.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation forecasts that Yakima Basin growers with junior water rights will receive 54 percent of their normal supplies during the irrigation season.
The governor's declaration allows increased flexibility in how water is managed to ensure that limited supplies are used as efficiently as possible.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation responds to worsening drought in Yakima Basin by moving up summer water supply forecast.
Idaho irrigation companies participated in an April 16 disaster training exercise to prepare regional emergency responders and other entities that could be affected by a potential oil spill in the Snake River.