Latest water conservation rates miss target again

Urban water production and use in Kern County

Californians used 13.5 percent less water in April compared to the same month in 2013 in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s historic executive order requiring increased conservation in the fourth year of drought, the State Water Resources Board reported Tuesday.

The decline in water use comes as local water officials statewide have scrambled to implement new watering restrictions aimed at achieving the 25 percent urban water-use reduction Brown ordered for the state in general on April 1.

Although Californians conserved far more in April than in the three previous months,

Californian columnist Lois Henry

LOIS HENRY: Fireworks show should not have slipped through the cracks

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