Growers are very concerned.
State water officials hope the low allocation announcement will spur communities to conserve. The numbers indicate a continued low water supply in reservoirs, but that could change if it turns into a wet winter.
Last year, there was an initial allocation of 15-percent, but ended the year with a 40-percent allocation.
Growers in western Fresno County expect they will have to pump more groundwater, buy water from other sources and perhaps leave more farmland bare.