State Water Resources Control Board
California water regulators are postponing release of a new plan to get cities to reduce water use by as much as a third.
California’s water board said Tuesday that residents saved less water in February than in any other month since it began tracking conservation efforts last summer.
California water conservation slipped during an unusually dry January just a month after residents first met Gov. Jerry Brown’s call to slash water use by 20 percent, a state agency reported Tuesday.
The State Water Resources Control Board next week is scheduled to consider draft emergency regulations made public Tuesday. They are intended to put teeth into conservation efforts that so far have produced disappointing results.
The State Water Resources Control Board projected the curtailment letters would be sent out later this month for users on 10 different rivers and their watersheds.
Officials say February’s rain storms pleasantly boosted the state’s water supply, but California remains in the throes of a drought.
A $687 million drought relief plan is headed for floor votes in the Legislature after winning quick approval Wednesday in legislative committees.
A California panel says scenic Malibu needs to clean up its act with sewers.