Water Deliveries To San Joaquin Valley Increased To 45%

There's some good news for valley farmers in need of water.

On Monday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the Bureau of Reclamation's{}water allocation has increased from 40 to 45%.

The allocations are used for agricultural water service contractors{}throughout the{}San Joaquin Valley.

"I am pleased to announce that the water allocation for the hard-hit agricultural water service contractors south of the Delta has increased to 45 percentup from the 40 percent allocation in May," said Secretary Salazar. "This latest increase in allocation is a result of favorable weather conditions this spring and better-than-expected pumping conditions in the south Delta."

Allocations for those south and north of the Delta remained the same.

The increase in water{}from the pumps serve as a major source of drinking water and irrigation{} for San Joaquin Valley Westside farmers hit hard by the water crisis.

{}"Conditions have improved somewhat but California's Central Valley is still struggling with the effects of three years of drought and water system operational constraints needed to address water quality and fish species of concern in the Delta," Secretary Salazar said. "The Department, working closely with the state, other water interests, and California's congressional delegation, is striving to identify and implement short, mid, and long-term improvements to the reliability of water deliveries throughout California while also improving environmental conditions in the Delta."

Congressman Jim Costa is one valley lawmaker who fought hard for the much needed allocation, which is up from the 10% allocation given at this time last year.

"This increase is also a sign of how far we've come in our fight for more water," Costa said in a statement Monday. "This year, we started with the prospect of a zero water allocation. But our Valley fought back. We took on Valley outsiders who tried to cut off our water. We also took on the Washington bureaucracy until they listened to our Valley's message."

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