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Jerry Brown

Californians cut water without state imposing fines

For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday. Cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor's statewide conservation mandate of 25 percent, the State Water Resources Control Board reported. The figure surpassed the June figure of 27 percent savings despite hot summer temperatures. The strong figures show California residents are beginning to understand the dire need to cut back in the fourth year of the drought, said Felicia Marcus, chair of the water board. "This isn't your mother's drought or your...

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