People in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo counties used 17 percent less water in September than last year. The Sacramento region conserved more in August, but that's because in most years people usually water their lawns more in the hotter months. This year they cut back so there was a greater saving.
"We anticipate that it could continue in the coming months,” says Amy Talbot with the Regional Water Authority. “But we're going to try to focus some of our water savings indoors now that the sprinklers are going to be turning off and not doing as much work."
Conservation efforts have also led to a 9 percent drop in the use of groundwater compared to last year.
Overall the Sacramento region has reduced its water use by 19 percent since California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought in January. The average residential customer used 185 gallons of water each day in September.