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California restricts water usage by city

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Governor Jerry Brown recently ordered a 25% cut in water usage in California. Soon after, the state released new guidelines for water usage per city based on their recent consumption.

Most of the cuts on the Central Coast are for 25%. Pismo Beach, Orcutt, and Montecito have been hit with a 35% target due to their higher amount of water use determined by daily gallons per capita.

Cambria and Grover Beach have used less than the mandatory guidelines and are only being ordered to cut 10%. The two cities have both conserved about 40% of their water use from June 2014 through February 2015.

The Central Coast's largest city, Santa Maria, shows the lowest water use reduction at 3%.  Santa Maria city officials say they are already taking steps to reach that 25% goal.

“No outside watering between the hours of 12:00 p.m.... and 4:00 p.m,” says Mark Van De Kamp, City of Santa Maria Public Information Officer.  “If you are at a restaurant, the restaurant is not to serve you water unless that is on request.”

Another city with a low conservation rate is San Luis Obispo, which reduced its water usage by 8%.

“It is really hard to compare community to community. For instance, our population in city doubles during the day, we have a transient population with our Cal Poly community moving in and out, so you know it's hard to compare us to Grover Beach that has been built up essentially, doesn't have big lots, probably low outdoor irrigation,” says San Luis Obispo Utilities Services Manager Ron Munds.

While city officials continue to manage water use, they say it is now ultimately up to residents to conserve at home and at work.

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