Chico, Redding show biggest water savings yet in drought

Jul 1, 2015 3:11 PM by News Staff

California water regulators say cities showed their best drought conservation yet, cutting water use 29 percent in May, compared to two years ago.

Locally, Chico reduced water usage by 38 percent compared to May 2013 while Redding cut usage by 34 percent.

Residents of Chico and Redding showed significant conservation improvements, in April Cal Water customers saved 26 percent compared to 2013 and Redding cut just 19 percent compared to April 2013.

The data released Wednesday by the State Water Resources Control Board comes as communities are ordered to save water in case the four year dry spell persists.

Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus say the data show more Californians are doing their part during the drought. The board also says rain in parts of the state likely drove the May water savings.

Gov. Jerry Brown in April ordered a 25 percent reduction in urban water use and mandatory cutbacks kicked in June 1.

Other districts across the North State continue to do their part, Paradise, Oroville, Willows, Bella Vista and Shasta Lake all cut usage in May by more than 40 percent compared to 2013.

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