Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

Slight slip

Water conservation lags, but state savings still on track

Best and worst water districts. LOS ANGELES TIMES

L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle & Sacramento Bee

For the first time since California's emergency drought rules took effect, the state failed to reduce its monthly water consumption by 25 percent, regulators said Tuesday. The state cut its urban water use in October by 22.2 percent, compared with the same month in 2013. Five of the six largest Bay Area water suppliers hit their conservation targets, while 19 of the Sacramento region's 23 largest water districts fell short.

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Conservation twist: Wet weather may be to blame

San Francisco Chronicle

Californians missed their state-ordered water savings target for the first time, regulators reported Tuesday, and there's a counterintuitive twist: The cooler, wetter weather may be to blame. While many people found it easy to cut back on outdoor watering during the hot and dry summer, they've struggled to make similar gains during the fall, when indoor use is more the focus.

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