California big cities say they're meeting water savings goal

Jul 29, 2015 2:10 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's largest cities say they're meeting mandatory water conservation targets ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are reporting significant water savings in June ahead of a statewide report. The state gave communities nine months starting June to hit conservation targets as high as 36 percent.

Savings are compared to 2013, before Brown declared a drought emergency. Regulators are urging residents to neglect their lawns this summer to save water.

Consumption dropped 24 percent in San Diego. The city has complained its 16 percent target is unfair because it doesn't give credit for drought preparation efforts.

San Francisco says it saved 20 percent, more than double its target.

Cities that don't meet their targets face state-ordered conservation measures and fines.

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