- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The State Water Resources Control Board has released draft water reduction targets for communities across California to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandate for a 25 percent drop in urban water use.

The targets for local water districts are based on how much water residents in cities used per day last fall. State officials will compare water use between June 2015 and February 2016 to the same months in 2013.

Per-Capita Water Use (Gallons), Reduction Target

40-55, 10%

55-110, 20%

110-165, 25%

165+, 35%

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The figures below show how cities are already faring in cutting back water use, using data reported monthly to the State Water Resources Control Board. The following large agencies serving more than 40,000 people have shown the smallest and largest reductions in per-capita water consumption.

Some cities note that they had already slashed water use before the drought, making it tough to further cut back. They note that new development and economic growth can boost water use; others say they have enough water stored locally to reduce the need for drastic cuts.

WATER GUZZLERS

These large agencies posted the smallest decreases in monthly water use from July to February compared to the same months in 2013 and used more water per person than other cities in their region:

Agency, County, Average Per-Capita Water Use (Gallons), Average Change

City of Rialto(asterisk), San Bernardino, 136, +6.5%

City of San Clemente(asterisk), Orange, 119, +1%

City of Redlands, San Bernardino, 236, -.2%

Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District, Riverside, 187, -.5%

City of San Juan Capistrano, Orange, 107, -1.7%

City of Colton, San Bernardino, 132, -1.7%

Carlsbad Municipal Water District, San Diego, 153, -2.5%

City of Fullerton, Orange, 125, -2.7%

Coachella Valley Water District, Riverside County, 358, -2.8%

Cucamonga Valley Water District, San Bernardino, 147, -2.9%

(asterisk)Rialto has said its numbers overestimate actual water consumption

(asterisk)San Clemente says its poor showing is attributable to the temporary closure of a recycled water plant.

WATER MISERS

These agencies posted the biggest decreases in monthly water use from July to January compared to the same months in 2013 and used less water per person than other cities in their region:

Agency, County, Average Per-Capita Water Use (Gallons), Average Change

Dublin-San Ramon Services District, Contra Costa, 69, -27%

El Dorado Irrigation District, Placer, 111, -25%

City of Tracy, San Joaquin, 93, -23%

City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, 45, -23%

City of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, 71, -22.5%

City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma, 66, -20%

City of Roseville, Placer, 101, -19%

California-American Water Company Sacramento District, Sacramento, 81, -18.65%

City of Sacramento, Sacramento, 101, -18%

City of Davis, Yolo, 98, -17.5%

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Source: Associated Press analysis of data published by the State Water Resources Control Board

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