North State cities leading California in water conservation

Jun 3, 2015 2:34 PM by News Staff

Data released by state regulators Tuesday shows Oroville, Red Bluff, and Bella Vista among California's top ten water savers.

Californians as a whole decreased water usage by 13.5 percent in April compared to the same month in 2013, but the majority of North State water districts conserved at levels well above the state average.

The Bella Vista water district leads the way with 47 percent reductions, the second highest in the state.

Also garnering high praise are Red Bluff, with a 41 percent reduction, and Oroville, which saved 40 percent compared to 2013. Both districts are also among the state's best.

In Chico, Cal Water customers saved 26 percent compared to April 2013 and Redding customers knocked down usage by 19 percent.

In Southern California cities continued to lag in conservation, cutting usage by just nine percent, with an alarming 20 districts statewide actually increasing usage.

With the state's drought dragging on Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory cutbacks in April and the State Water Resources Control Board will start tracking compliance this summer after assigning each community a water use reduction target as much as 36 percent.


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