"The City considers 12-percent in February to be a great number," explains Hass. "It's important to remember that February even in a non-drought year is a low water-use month. A lot of our customers turn off irrigation or use it less simply because it's cooler and wetter."
Citrus Heights' water use fell by about 20-percent in February compared to the same month the past two years. Dave Kane is with the Citrus Heights Water District.
"We sent out a newsletter to all of our customers outlining what we were asking them to do and we stressed to our customers that the best way to meet the 20-percent would be to discontinue outdoor watering at this time of year," says Kane. Citrus Heights has no plans to increase conservation measures.
Jessica Hess with the Department of Utilities says a training program will also return for people interested in becoming "Water Ambassadors."
"They would be able to go to community events and speak to people as a neighbor and a friend as opposed to a city official who's talking to you about these particular rules and regulations that you might need to follow along with," says Hess.
This week, the Sacramento City Council approved a cash-for-grass program where people would be paid to swap out their front lawns for drought tolerant landscaping.
Other cities considering more conservation efforts include Roseville. The city manager there could declare within the next two weeks whether Roseville will enter a mandatory drought stage.
California state agencies have released a long-term plan for water conservation. The proposal makes permanent some emergency water conservation measures already in place to deal with the state’s drought.
California regulators hear from residents and farmers concerned about a plan to provide more water for threatened fish in the San Joaquin River and its tributaries.
The State Water Project will deliver more water to California cities and farmland in 2017 than it did this year- at least initially.
(AP) - California water agencies that spent more than $350 million in the last two years to pay property owners to rip out lawns are now trying to answer whether the nation's biggest lawn removal experiment was all worth the cost.
Five years of drought exacerbated wildfires across California. Fire and flood agencies say those burned areas now have an increased risk of flash flooding.