"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.
A new study shows fire-fighting foam containing highly fluorinated chemicals is contaminating drinking water supplies around many of the nation's military bases, airports and industrial sites.
It has been a busy fire season across California. But there are fewer fires in the state’s 18 U.S. national forests so far this year, compared to 2015.
Update 8:00 p.m. Sunday: Crews are making "good progress" on the Cold Fire in Yolo County, now at 60% containment. In Monterey County, the Soberanes Fire remains at 45% containment with wind creating an additional challenge for firefighters.
The Soberanes Fire near Big Sur is burning in a rugged area that hasn't "seen fire in decades." The wildfire is 45 percent contained at 57,500 acres.
The number of acres burned by wildfires in the U.S. is about average for this time of year. But, in California, the 'new normal' includes larger and more frequent wildfires.