More than 80% of California is now in an extreme drought, according to new data by the
The map shows that drought conditions worsened in parts of Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.
The new data comes as officials are getting tough on water wasters.
Saying that it was time to increase conservation in the midst of one of the worst droughts in decades, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted drought regulations that give local agencies the authority to fine those who waste water up to $500 a day.
Many Southern California cities, including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Long Beach, already have mandatory restrictions in place.
Updated results of a state board survey show that statewide, urban water use in May increased 1% compared to the May average of the previous three years.
That rise was mostly driven by an 8% jump in coastal Southern California.