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California water use dropped 13.5% in April, state board reports
California water use dropped 13.5% in April, state board reports

After lagging during the first part of the year, water conservation in California improved significantly in April following Gov. Jerry Brown’s historic order requiring big cuts in water use amid the worsening drought. Water use in April dropped 13.5%, compared with the same month in 2013, a sign that residents and urban water suppliers were taking Brown’s dire conservation calls seriously. Despite the improvement, the state has a long way to go to meet the 25% cut Brown ordered on April 1. Over the last 11 months, Californians cut water use cumulatively by only 9%. Mark Gold, acting director of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, said the reduction...

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