The Tuolumne Utilities District has lifted mandatory water-use restriction for its 14,000 customers in Sonora, Twain Harte and Jamestown.
The district says customers have cut their water use well beyond the state mandate, and will easily meet conservation goals set for the end of February.
District Associate Engineer Glen Nunnelley says the conservation rate since June has been 35 percent, which is 10 percent more than the state required.
"So we pushed our heavy conservation for the summertime so we can cut off landscape watering, lawns, we got a bunch of brown lawns in Tuolumne County, we conserved so much we're able to lighten up.
Nunnelley says winter will bring a much lower demand for water but customers will still be expected to conserve.
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