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Californians Reduced Water Use By 20 Percent In November

Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

California has mandated a statewide 25 percent water conservation rate, compared with 2013 use, through February 2016.

Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

Californians cut water use a little more than 20 percent in November. It’s the second month in a row that the conservation rate has dropped. In October, Californians conserved 22 percent. But Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, says the focus should not be on the monthly conservation rate.

“I want to be clear that the goal post is the 25 percent in February so we’re still winning the race,” says Marcus.

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She says Californians have cut water use 26 percent since the emergency drought rules began in June.

“This means folks are saving a lot of water indoors to meet this number and I don’t want them to be discouraged by someone implying that somehow they’re not taking action,” says Marcus.

The conservation requirements could be extended and revised beyond February. The water board is expected to vote on the issue at its February 2nd meeting.