The Sacramento Bee reported Thursday that the San Juan Water District board of directors approved the move this week.
The district serves more than 265,000 people in the Sacramento suburbs, including the communities of Citrus Heights, Orangevale and Folsom.
Most of its water comes from Folsom Reservoir, which the newspaper says has shrunk perilously low amid one of the driest winters in California history.
District General Manager Shauna Lorance says the call for conservation is not mandatory, but it could become so next month if the area doesn't get rain soon.
The district also is extending a request for a 20 percent cut in all water use that has been in place for months.
Last year, California saw everything from intense drought to torrential rain. Researchers and water agencies say that the future of the state’s drought depends on adapting to these shifts.
As the drought dries up California’s wetlands, traveling birds such as ducks, geese and eagles are struggling to survive and breed. “This drought is bad. The odds are against us,” a state expert said.
Drought resilience depends on location but also extraordinary engineering — determining which California places are running out of water this year and which remain in good shape.
About 4,300 users were issued notices to halt diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Experts say the current drought is hotter and drier than previous ones, meaning water is evaporating faster.
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