California misses mark for saving water 2 months running

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State officials say residents of drought-weary California in November missed their 25 percent water conservation mandate for a second month running.

Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, says California remains on course to beat its long-term goal through February. Marcus wouldn't say ahead of Tuesday's formal announcement exactly how much residents fell short of the target.

She says the numbers still show considerable savings, telling her that residents understand that the drought isn't over.

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25 percent cutback statewide beginning in June during the state's fourth year of drought. California posted savings of 22 percent in October.

The latest figures come as a series of much-anticipated El Nino storms line up to drench the state and boost the snowpack.


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