Californians fail to meet Newsom’s water-savings target amid growing drought

22 September 2021

Californians are falling well short of the governor’s call for 15% water-savings, even as state officials warn of yet another year of crippling water shortages ahead.

In new water-use data released Tuesday for July, when Gov. Gavin Newsom began asking residents to voluntarily cut back because of the two-year drought, urban water consumption across the state dropped just 1.8%, compared with the same month last year.

Southern California’s unrelenting thirst drove the disappointing numbers. Los Angeles, San Diego and their surrounding communities, which make up a bulk of the state’s population, conserved hardly any water in July, recording a cumulative 0.1% decline over the same month in 2020.

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