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California water conservation hit 27% in August

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In this installment of the Water-Wise Homeowners video series, we speak with Jay Joseph of Manuel Joseph Appliance Center to learn about saving water using home appliances. Video by Madeline Lear and Ed Fletcher, The Sacramento Bee.
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In this installment of the Water-Wise Homeowners video series, we speak with Jay Joseph of Manuel Joseph Appliance Center to learn about saving water using home appliances. Video by Madeline Lear and Ed Fletcher, The Sacramento Bee.

Californians reduced their water consumption by 27 percent in August, barely beating Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandate of 25 percent, state officials said Thursday.

The State Water Resources Control Board, in its monthly tally of urban water conservation, said the savings rate for August was somewhat less impressive than July, when the figure hit 31.4 percent.

“We must all keep up the good work because no one knows how much longer this historic drought will continue,” said board chair Felicia Marcus in a prepared statement.

All told, savings have averaged 28.7 percent, compared to the same period two years ago, since mandatory cutbacks took effect June 1. The governor’s order, designed to save 1.2 million acre-feet of water, is in effect until next February. So far Californians have saved 611,566 acre-feet, putting them halfway toward meeting the goal.

In this installment of The Sacramento Bee's Water-Wise Homeowners video series, landscape architect Donna Dowson teaches drought-conscious homeowners how to adjust sprinkler systems and gives other tips on how to conserve water while maintaining a

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