California’s Residential Water Use Drops by 29 Percent Over 2013 Levels, Monthly Figures Show

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Residential water use in California dropped by a hefty 29% in May, according to figures released Wednesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

The drop in water usage is the highest yet reported since California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory 25% cut in urban water use on April 1, due to severe drought conditions.

“The numbers tell us that more Californians are stepping up to help make their communities more water secure, which is welcome news in the face of this dire drought,” said State Water Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus, in a prepared statement.

“That said, we need all Californians to step up — and keep it up — as if we don’t know when it will rain and snow again, because we don’t. If the drought continues beyond this year, we’ll all be glad we did.”

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A data table from the State Water Resources Control Board shows water conservation in the Southern California region jumped to 25.7 percent in May 2015 compared to May 2013.

A data table from the State Water Resources Control Board shows water conservation in the Southern California region jumped to 25.7 percent in May 2015 compared to May 2013.

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