4 Local Districts Missed Conservation Goals in July 2015

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Four local water districts fell short of the water conservation goals for July according to numbers released Thursday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

Statewide, water use dropped just over 31 percent, beating Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 25 percent reduction as California faces a fourth straight year of drought.

Rainbow Municipal Water District and Fallbrook Public Utility District did not meet their conservation percentage according to the report from the State Water Resource Board. Rainbow was 8.4 percent shy of its goal. Fallbrook needed to save an additional 7.4 percent over 2013 water levels to meet its conservation goal.

San Dieguito Water District and the City of Carlsbad also missed their goals according to the data pulled on August 20.

The largest water distributor in the region, the city of San Diego, used 29 percent less water in July over 2013 levels, exceeding its conservation goal of 16 percent.

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There was no information provided for Del Mar, National City, Camp Pendleton, South Bay Irrigation District and Yuima Municipal Water District.

Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, said the record storms in California helped by prompting residents to turn off their lawn sprinklers.

Enforcement and strong messaging by water agencies were bigger factors, Marcus said.

Regulators are turning their focus to communities failing to conserve, she said. They are making personal visits with local officials in cities that haven't responded to the mandate by Brown.

Officials have not yet issued fines to underperforming water agencies, but they can be as high as $10,000 a day.

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