Amount of Water Lost
At the end of the 2018-2019 water contract year, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) limited the District’s carryover storage in San Luis Reservoir to approximately 160,000 acre-feet of allocated and non-allocated CVP water, and non-Project water. The District had approximately 36,000 acre-feet that was lost due to Reclamation’s cap, referred to as Cap Loss. Additionally, in the 2019-2020 water contract year, the District lost water at the end of the rescheduling period, referred to as Rescheduling Loss. The District’s Rescheduling Loss is expected to be between 80,000 and 100,000 acre-feet.
Zeroed Out Accounts
As discussed above and in the notices sent on February 21, 2019 (#571), March 22, 2019 (#576), and April 10, 2019, (#578), and the inserts included in the April statements which were mailed in the beginning of May, the Bureau of Reclamation announced the Rescheduling Period ended on April 12, 2019 and any unused Rescheduled Water was likely lost. The District administratively removed all rescheduled water from water user accounts to avoid any possible confusion of water available for delivery. According to the District’s Rescheduling Policy, Cap Loss and Rescheduling Loss were applied in that order to your water balances, as reflected in the April Allocation Summary Report.
Charges for lost water were not included in your April Statement of Account and will be reviewed at the District’s May 21, 2019, Finance and Administration Committee meeting. Any applicable charges for lost water will be posted to your account at a future date.