By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Southern Californians used 8 percent more water in May than last year, a bump related to soaring temperatures and faith in a drought-busting El Niño that made conservation seem less urgent, water experts said Wednesday.
A water use increase in the Los Angeles and San Diego urban area was the worst performance of any region in the state. Second-worst was the region that includes the Northern Sierra Nevada, which used 5 percent more water.
The survey of 400 urban water agencies conducted by the State Water Resources Control Board also found the San Francisco Bay Area reduced water by 5 percent, and the Sacramento area used 13 percent less water. Tied for a 10 percent drop were the areas near the San Joaquin River and the Central Coast.