The dry winter could prompt the Turlock Irrigation District to cap water deliveries for the first time since the 2012-16 drought.
The district board will hold a special meeting Friday afternoon to consider the staff proposal, which would be much less severe than the worst of the drought.
Farmers would get no more than 42 vertical inches of Tuolumne River water per acre over the irrigation season. The allotment dropped to as low as 18 inches in 2015, forcing many customers to pump groundwater and to stretch the surface supply.
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