To address California’s multiyear drought, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25% cut statewide in urban water use by 2016. Individual urban water districts, depending on their level of water use, have been ordered to reduce water consumption between 4% and 36%. Districts with a history of heavy water use must cut more, and those that have used less will be required to reduce less. The State Water Resources Control Board will measure each district’s progress on a monthly basis and cumulatively over time. In July, urban water districts used 31.3% less water statewide than in 2013. The next monthly update is due in late September.
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