Californians Cut Water Usage by 27% in August; Beat Mandate for 3rd Consecutive Month

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Californians cut back their urban water use in August by 27% compared with the same month in 2013, state regulators announced Thursday.

The reduction was slightly less than the 31% decline recorded in July, but on par with a 27% effort in June.

It was also enough to remain in compliance with Gov. Jerry Brown’s restrictions for the third consecutive month. Earlier this year, Brown ordered cities and towns across California to slash their water consumption by 25% to help combat the effects of a four-year drought.

“Folks have kept up the effort, even in a hot month,” State Water Resources Control Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus told The Times earlier this week.

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