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Sacramento Water Conservation Averaging 37 Percent

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New data released Wednesday show the Sacramento region continues to be drought-conscious, surpassing Governor Jerry Brown's water conservation mandate of 25 percent.

The numbers for August show the five-county Sacramento area saved nearly 34 percent compared to the same month in 2013, the benchmark year.

"Residents are continuing to conserve even with the hotter temperatures that we're experiencing," says Amy Talbot with the Regional Water Authority which released the numbers. The RWA represents water providers in the Sacramento area.

Talbot says since June, when the state-mandated water conservation targets took effect, the region has averaged a 37 percent reduction compared to 2013.

She says most of the saving comes from reduced lawn watering. Talbot says she's worried conservation will go down in the cooler, wetter winter months.

"These numbers that we're getting, in the 30s which are excellent, are going to be even harder to achieve because we rely on that outdoor water savings to get these savings," says Talbot.

The RWA is urging people to do more to save water indoors, such as replacing high-water use bathroom and kitchen fixtures.