- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on water-use under California’s nearly three-year-old emergency drought declaration (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

The latest water-use figures show drought-plagued Californians have recovered a little of the ground they lost in terms of water conservation.

The state Water Resources Control Board released figures Tuesday showing Californians in September used 18 percent less water than they did in 2013 before the declaration of a drought emergency.

Californians have been backsliding on water conservation since the state lifted mandatory conservation for cities and towns earlier this year.

Tuesday’s figures aren’t as good as the 26-percent cut in water use for the same time in 2015 under mandatory conservation. But the water-savings are better than last month’s sagging conservation report.

Water officials say they will decide in January whether to reimpose any kind of mandatory water conservation for urban users.

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6 a.m.

California’s drought czars are welcoming the wet start to the state’s rainy season.

The state Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday will release the latest monthly conservation figures for California households and businesses.

Board chairwoman Felicia Marcus says September’s figures will show water use by Californians has stabilized for now. That’s after alarming August water-use figures showed Californians’ conservation efforts plummeting by a third from the year before.

The other good news for California is that parts of the north of the state received three to five times normal rain for the past month. Water officials will look at overall rain, snow and state water use before deciding after January whether to return to mandatory statewide conservation.

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