Water district approves allocation increase

Water district approves allocation increase

REDDING, Calif. - The water allocation is up for customers in Shasta County. That was the decision made Monday night by the Bella Vista Water District.

The board approved increasing the supply for municipal and industrial water usage.

District officials said they were able to pull some water from the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District. The allocation will rise from 50 percent up to 80 percent.

But in terms of agriculture usage it is still a struggle.

"Unfortunately our allocation for agriculture is still zero from the [Bureau of Reclamation] so we're going to give them basically 80 percent of the average residential use," said board president Jeff Steppat. "We have a supplemental water program if they want to grow crops they can purchase water and we will find it for them."

The decision drew a lot of applause after the vote. The size of the crowd forced the meeting to a larger setting inside a Shasta College lecture hall.

Board members said the penalties for excessive use will still be in place. They are still urging the public to save down to their allocation and conserve 20 percent of their usage.

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