California Water Use Fell 13.5 Percent in April Amid Drought

Ordered to use a fourth less water during this record drought, regulators announced Tuesday that Californians managed to get about halfway to their goal in April. Water officials said California residents reduced overall water usage by 13.5 percent compared to the same month in the benchmark year of 2013. That's the second-best conservation achievement since state officials started closely tracking water use more than a year ago. However, it falls short of the 25 percent cuts put in place by Gov. Jerry Brown. The cuts became mandatory for cities and towns on June 1st.