- March 5th 2014
The District has activated its Supplemental Water Program to assist its Agricultural Customers in coping with the worst water supply allocation in the history of the Central Valley Project For additional information, see the Supplemental Water Program FAQ, Adopted Supplemental Water Program, Application for 2014 Supplemental Water.
– March 3rd 2014
On February 21st, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced the lowest initial water allocations in the history of the Central Valley Project (CVP), with agricultural water users both north and south of the Delta allocated zero percent! The allocation for all other purposes is 50 percent of historic use, defined as the prior three years of unconstrained use. The zero percent initial allocation forecast for agricultural users is a first for the CVP project and did not occur during the record-setting drought of 1977. Reclamation cited California’s unprecedented drought conditions in making the announcement.
At a Special Board of Directors meeting on February 27th, the Board of Directors adopted Resolution 14-03 to declare a water shortage emergency pursuant to Water Code Section 350 et seq., and to enact shortage measures and prohibited uses in recognition that the District’s water supply, at present, is insufficient to meet all demands for water. These temporary measures are necessary to protect public health and safety and will be in place for an indeterminate period of time. In addition to the restrictions, allotments and penalties detailed in Resolution 14-03, which are effective immediately and until further notice the following restrictions shall apply:
Customers should closely monitor their water use to avoid exceeding their allotment and overuse penalties. The District will update customers periodically and when additional information becomes available.
- February 15, 2014
Water year 2014 is coming up short on supply with precipitation numbers being the lowest ever since records have been kept. As a result of these dry conditions, on Friday, January 17, Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency urging Californians to reduce their water use by 20%.
The intent of the Governor’s declaration is to encourage State agencies, as well as the general public, to be better prepared for some of the anticipated consequences of drought conditions. Named in the proclamation were probable impacts to farming communities, drinking water shortages and increased vulnerability to wildfires. The Governor encourages everyone to “conserve water in every way possible”.
The Bella Vista Water District contracts for water from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project (CVP). At this time it is anticipated that Reclamation will announce the 2014 CVP Water Supply Allocation on February 20, 2014 for the 2014 year which begins on March 1st, 2014l. Given the dire hydrology and water storage conditions combined with regulatory requirements that have reduced the yield from the Central Valley Project, the District is preparing for historically low water supply allocations. It is likely that zero water will be made available for agricultural irrigation and only a minimal quantity available for all other purposes in order to meet basic public health a safety needs pursuant to Reclamation’s Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy. The announcement and related CVP allocation information will be posted on the Central Valley Project Water Supply website :
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Regular Board of Directors meetings will be held on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the District office located at 11368 E. Stillwater Way, Redding, California, and are open to the public.