wn.com 10 May, 2022 23:45 am

California drought: State ignores Gavin Newsom’s conservation goal, increases water use

Drought? Californians apparently don’t care. Last July, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency and asked Californians to cut urban water use 15% compared to 2020 levels. But in March, residents instead cranked up the taps, increasing urban water use a staggering 18.9% statewide compared to March 2020 — with even higher levels in Southern California than Northern California, new data released Tuesday shows. Water experts said Tuesday it might be disaster fatigue, an unusually dry spring,
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