California barely misses 25% water-savings drought goal

California barely misses 25% water-savings drought goal

Californians cut water use 12 percent in February, concluding a nine-month mandatory conservation initiative that fell just short of the governor’s 25 percent saving goal, according to state data released Monday.

Cumulatively, urban water use dropped 23.9 percent from June 1 to Feb. 29 when compared with the same period in the baseline year of 2013 — a reduction that state water officials still praised as a success in combatting California’s historic drought.

“Twenty-four percent savings shows enormous effort and a recognition that everyone’s effort matters,” said State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus.

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