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The Department of Water Resources, as Watermaster, is pleased to submit this report on water use and water supply conditions in the Central Basin during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The report is prepared annually in accordance with the provisions of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Judgment in the Central Basin.

 

The Judgment, together with Part 4, Division 2 of the California Water Code, authorizes this publication and the Department's administration of the Watermaster Service Area. In 2012-2013, the parties pumped 196,262 acre-feet of their 259,509 acre-feet of allowable extraction and kept 38,072 acre-feet as carryover. Parties with nonconsumptive water use permits pumped 115.38 acre-feet.

 

This report includes information on groundwater extractions, use of imported water and recycled water, replenishment operations, and the budget and finances of Watermaster

Service during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The first part of the report is a discussion of the water conditions in the Central Basin, the second part is the tables, and the third part is the figures.

 

Moreover, because the July 2011 stay order on the implementation of the Drought Carryover Provisions of the Judgment was lifted this year, Watermaster adopted a rule on the Application of the Drought Carryover Provisions (Appendix A) and revised the Water Rights Accounting tables for 2010-2011 (Appendix B) and for 2011-2012 (Appendix C).

 

The Watermaster appreciates the assistance and support received from the many public and private organizations and individuals whose contributions were essential to this report. The success of Watermaster Service is dependent on continued cooperation and communication between the Watermaster and the water users.