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October begins water year with prospect of tighter restrictions
October begins water year with prospect of tighter restrictions

As the state ends the fourth-driest water year on record with no guarantee of significant rain and snowfall this winter, Californians face the prospect of stricter rationing and meager irrigation deliveries for agriculture. California begins a new October-September water year Wednesday with total reservoir storage at 36% of capacity, or 57% of average for this time of year. Although some private domestic wells have dried up and a scattering of isolated little communities are in danger of running out of supplies, the drought's effect on most Californians has so far been modest. Another rainless winter would probably change that. "In general, our big communities have very...

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