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See how much water your community used last summer

By Phillip Reese -

The Sacramento region cut its water use by almost 20 percent from the summer of 2013 to the summer of 2014, but we still use a lot more water per capita than most of the state.

Residents in the four-county area used about 190 gallons of water per person between June and September 2014, down from 232 gallons per person over the same period of 2013, according to a Bee review of data from the State Water Resources Control Board.

By comparison, the rest of the state used about 131 gallons per person in the summer of 2014. But residents elsewhere cut their water usage by less than 10 percent.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday issued sweeping new directives to reduce water consumption by state residents, including a mandatory 25 percent cut in urban water consumption.

April 1 measurements showed the Sierra snowpack at just 5 percent of average for April 1, well below the previous record low of 25 percent, which was reached last winter and in 1977.

This map shows the which water districts used the most water for residential purposes in the summer of 2014. Click an area to see details, including how much water use declined from 2013 to 2014.


Source: State Water Resources Control Board | Bee Research | Water district boundary files from UC Davis

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