With summer approaching state water managers say California’s snowpack is at 18 percent of average for the date.
Sacramento ended 2013 14 inches below average rainfall.
Leaders of the three state agencies that deal with California water availability, quality and consumption said Thursday they will begin looking at the issues comprehensively rather than dealing with each problem separately.
San Francisco water authorities are scrambling to fill area reservoirs with water from their source in the Sierra Nevada before ash from a wildfire near Yosemite National Park taints supplies.
Water officials say recent storms have given California the best early-season water supply outlook in five years.