Water & Drought

Sacramento water conservation hit 37 percent in July

Sacramento-area residents cut their water usage by 37 percent in July, continuing the trend toward water conservation as ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Regional Water Authority said Thursday that water usage dropped 37 percent compared to July 2013, the benchmark month.

The conservation rate was slightly higher than June’s, when savings totaled an average of 35 percent across the region.

“Local residents continue to demonstrate their commitment to helping the state endure the drought,” said Amy Talbot, the authority’s water efficiency program manager. She noted that the savings came in spite of seven 100-plus degree days in July.

Brown in April ordered a 25 percent cut in urban water consumption through next February, compared with 2013. But the figures vary widely by region. Sacramento and many other Central Valley cities, where per-capita water usage is among the highest in the state, face cutbacks of as much as 36 percent. Most of the water agencies in greater Sacramento have to cut their consumption by at least 28 percent.

The statewide figures for July haven’t been announced yet. In June, the statewide conservation rate was 27.3 percent.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler