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Posted: March 24, 2009 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Santa Clarita Valley residents will avoid mandatory water rationing at least through 2009, a water official said Monday.

California Department of Water Resources officials now say they will increase the amount of water delivered from state reservoirs to 20 percent of what was requested, instead of the previously planned 15 percent of requests.

"It's good news in the sense that we will make it through 2009 with voluntary conservation," said Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency, which delivers water to local retailers from the State Water Project.

More "rollover water" also means the Santa Clarita Valley is in good shape for now, Masnada said.

"Rollover water" is water allotted that is not used, he said.

The Castaic Lake Water Agency rolled over the unused portion of its 2008 allotment and plans to do the same if conditions are right, Masnada said.

"We will roll over the water we don't use this year for 2010," he said.

The rollover plan is contingent on the success of voluntary conservation and supplemental water from Kern Valley, he said. It also depends on weather conditions.

"If it keeps staying this dry we will use every drop," he said.

Even with the recent rains, this year's overall runoff is forecast to be just 64 percent of average. As of last week, the state's seven major reservoirs were at 55 percent of their capacity, according to a State Water Contractors news release.

"What is important to remember is that a drought is not a snapshot, but rather the cumulative result of too little precipitation over too long a time," said Laura King Moon, assistant general manager of the State Water Contractors.


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