California Cut Water Usage 18.3% in December, Failing to Meet Gov. Brown’s Goal for 3rd Straight Month

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A file photo shows sprinklers watering the lawn in Golden Gate Park on April 2, 2015 in San Francisco. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

As state water regulators consider extending drought restrictions though the fall, officials reported Tuesday that urban Californians had reduced their water use by 18.3% during December.

The savings, which are compared with December 2013 water usage levels, were the smallest in seven months of reporting and put California’s cumulative savings at 25.5%, down from 26.3% in November.

Gov. Jerry Brown has called for a 25% statewide reduction in urban water use between June and February to help the state cope with a years-long drought.

With about a month and a half of reporting still to come, the state finds itself just squeaking by.

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