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In drought-ravaged California, water use is up dramatically

California Drought Water Restrictions
Posted at 1:56 PM, May 10, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's water usage jumped nearly 19% in March.

State officials said Tuesday it's the most water used in one month since 2015.

Gov. Gavin Newsom had asked residents last year to use 15% less water in the middle of a severe drought. Since July, the state has cuts it's water use by just 3.7%.

Newsom responded to the news by pledging to spend an extra $26 million on water conservation programs. That's in addition to the $190 million he proposed in January.

In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced residents and businesses would have to reduce outdoor landscape watering from three days per week to two.