The State Department of Water Resources is sponsoring events throughout the fall to prepare for the possibility that water year 2014 could be a third consecutive dry year.

The year 2012 ranked as the 25th driest year in terms of statewide runoff in the last 112 recorded years, the agency said in a news release.

Good reservoir and groundwater basin storage from a wet 2011 lessened impacts of dry conditions for many water users.

If 2014 is dry, its impacts are expected to be more widely felt due to reduced carry-over storage statewide.

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