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Responding to hundreds of comments from California water users and suppliers, the Water Resources Control Board modified proposed conservation restrictions Saturday, reducing cuts for communities that have worked to save water and increasing water cutbacks for those that haven't.

Some communities “have achieved remarkable results with residential water use now hovering around the statewide target … while others are using many times more,” the board said in a prepared statement.

The draft restrictions, which will be considered for formal approval early next month, are aimed at reducing urban potable water usage statewide by 25%.

In effort to forestall the “catastrophic impacts” of California’s drought, the State Water Resources Control Board released draft conservation restrictions that would force water suppliers statewide to cut usage by 8% to 36%.

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