Californians meet call to cut water use by 20 percent

Feb 3, 2015 12:44 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state water board says Californians have met Gov. Jerry Brown's call to slash water use by 20 percent for the first time.

A survey of local water departments released Tuesday shows water use fell by 22 percent in December compared to the same month in 2013.

But state residents may have been aided by a rainy month in December.

Officials at the State Water Resources Control Board say the extra rain minimized the need to water lawns.

The state is urging continued conservation as California enters the fourth year of a drought. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides nearly a third of the state water, is 88 percent below normal.

An unseasonably dry January brought no measured rainfall in downtown San Francisco for the first time in recorded history.

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