California water board says February savings were worst yet

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California’s water board says residents saved less water in February than in any other month since it began tracking conservation efforts last summer.

Figures released Tuesday showed a water use reduction of just 3 percent in February compared with 2013 figures.

The dismal water savings came after the driest January on record in the state.

Cities are facing increased pressure to slash water use after Gov. Jerry Brown last week ordered a mandatory statewide 25 percent drop in urban water use compared with 2013 levels.

The State Water Resources Control Board began discussing Tuesday how to enforce the mandatory reduction.

Brown called on residents to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent when he declared a drought emergency in January 2014, but overall consumption since then has been only 10 percent.

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