Californians cut water use by 22 percent in October, but regulators were concerned it could have been worse. October was unusually warm, despite being slightly wetter.
“I felt when I saw 22.2 I was relieved," says Felicia Marcus is chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. "I thought, especially since it was hot, that that indicated continuous conscious effort on the part of Californians that they hadn’t eased up. So folks are continuing to save.”
Californians have reduced water use 27 percent since emergency regulations took effect in June.
Beverly Hills is the only one of four urban water suppliers that has paid its $61,000 fine for failing to meet its monthly conservation target.
Next week state regulators will meet to discuss possibly extending conservation requirements beyond February.