In January, the water amount was limited to only what was necessary for health and public safety. The California Department of Water Resources says more rain fell in February than was anticipated, allowing the Department some flexibility. The water board says it has consulted with state and federal fish agencies to ensure that no endangered fish would be put at risk.
DWR expects to update allocations for all water users on April 1st.
Mandatory statewide water conservation rules have ended in California. But Sacramento-area users conserved 22 percent in June, compared to June 2013.
California and federal agencies say a new strategy is needed to save the endangered Delta smelt.
California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought, but state water managers ended mandatory conservation rules. Local water suppliers now determine conservation rates, and some have low or no targets. A water expert says that's 'shortsighted.'
California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought. Although mandatory statewide water conservation is over, the State Water Resources Control Board says water conservation remains a "top priority."
The California Water Resources Control Board Wednesday says Californians cut water use by 28 percent in the final month of mandatory statewide conservation.