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Sacramento Region Cuts Water Use 31 Percent

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Sprinklers irrigate the field at Kit Carson Middle School, one day after rains swept through the area, in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Twenty Sacramento-area water providers met their state-mandated conservation targets or were very close — within five percentage points — by the end of February.

The Regional Water Authority represents water suppliers in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado and Sutter Counties. It says the region cut its water use by 31 percent since June of 2015, when conservation requirements began. That is enough water to serve more than a million households for three months.

“The data demonstrates the tremendous work of customers to cut back their water use and water providers who ramped up their existing services and programs to help customers conserve,”said RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot in a statement.

The State Water Resources Control Board has extended conservation mandates through October, but it may re-evaluate them depending on the water supply through April.