California farmers use 40 percent of state’s water

California farmers are often mischaracterized as using 80 percent of the state’s water supply, but that’s simply not true, based on numbers published by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). According to the DWR figures, farms account for 40.8 percent of California’s water demand according to the California Water Plan (Bulletin 160-13).

The largest water user in California is the environment, using 50 percent of developed supply. The amount of water dedicated to environmental purposes is on the rise and continues to be the largest water user in the state. At the same time, water going to farms and to meet domestic needs has declined over the past decade. <click here to read more>

Oct. 31, 2014 California Farm Water Coalition via Western Farm Press