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Southern California used 23 percent less water in December


Southern Californians used 23 percent less water in December compared with the year before, the most water saved since the state declared a drought emergency last June, according to data released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Board.

The December milestone marks the first time the state met Gov. Jerry Brown’s 20 percent water conservation goal. But state water officials pointed out that a wet December most likely played more of a role in the savings than a growing water-conservation ethic.

And with last month already the driest January in California on record, officials are worried that gallons used per person will only increase.

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