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California water conservation drops

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Californians conserved less water in June, the first month after statewide mandates were eased.
    
The State Water Resources Control Board reported Tuesday that Californians used 21.5 percent less water in June than they did in 2013, a drop of 6 percentage points from a year earlier.
    
Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus says a dip in conservation was expected after local water leaders were put back in charge of the effort.
    
A near-average amount of winter rain and snowfall eased the dry spell, prompting regulators to abandon top-down conservation orders. Community leaders throughout California pushed for more say.
    
Water board officials say the state has cumulatively conserved 24 percent of water over the last 13 months, close to the 25 percent target.

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