Water Conservation Wanes in California

It’s been a year since the emergency drought order was lifted following the state’s rough five-year stretch. But now some are concerned that water use is back to pre-drought levels.

Water Conservation Wanes in California

The most recent data from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows about one-third of the country in drought. Although California is beyond the severe drought that plagued it from 2012 to 2017, some state officials are concerned that conservation is on the decline. (Image from U.S. Drought Monitor)

Water conservation in California is on the decline, according to the data the State Water Resources Control Board has collected monthly since adopting an emergency conservation regulation in 2014 in the midst of severe drought.

Although the mandate for reporting data is no longer...

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