"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.
There was "minor improvement" in California drought conditions over the past week. But as long-term drought persists throughout the west, and storage levels drop, water supply is a worry.
(AP) — The House has waded into a long-running California water war. Lawmakers have endorsed a Republican plan to shift more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers and cut the flow for threatened fish and growers in another part of the state.
The U.S. Drought Center says the past week brought "widespread improvements" in drought conditions in northern California and Nevada.
California's energy grid manager says supply should be adequate for the summer, despite potential natural gas shortages in Southern California.
California water regulators will allow cities and water agencies to set their own conservation targets based on water supply.