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California Boosts Water Supply For Farms, Cities

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California Aqueduct in the San Joaquin Valley. (AP)

California Aqueduct in the San Joaquin Valley. (AP)

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – State officials have boosted the amount of water available to agencies that supply 25 million California residents and farms that cover almost a million acres.

The state Department of Water Resources on Wednesday said contractors of the State Water Project can count on 80 percent of the water they requested. It will be the highest allocation since 2006.

Near-record snowfall in the Sierra Nevada and a wet spring filled reservoirs and built a hefty supply of water that the state can tap during the summer and fall.

Last year, the State Water Project supplied half the amount requested by its contractors.

(Copyright 2011 by CBSSan Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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