California Residents Responded to One of Wettest Octobers in Recent History by Saving More Water

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Rain left streets in Sherman Oaks slick on Oct. 28, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

California enjoyed one of its wettest Octobers in recent history and its residents responded by reducing their water use, state officials announced Tuesday.

People in cities and towns cut their water consumption by 19.5% during the first month of the “water year,” compared with the same month in 2013.

The savings marked an improvement from September, when urban Californians saved 18.3%, compared with 2013.

“Californians’ continued commitment to conservation shows they don’t take water for granted anymore,” said State Water Resources Control Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus. “It’s good to see improvement in conservation in areas that had slipped, particularly in Northern California, whether that was because of rain or other reasons.”

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