Residential water conservation dwindled during the driest January on record in California, state water regulators announced Tuesday.
Californians saved 8.8 percent in January of this year compared with the same month in 2013, the baseline year that the State Water Resources Control Board uses for comparison. That’s a backslide compared with the 22 percent reduction in water use between December 2014 and December 2013, the agency noted. It also warned that stricter water rules are in the works amid a drought that has entered its fourth year.
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