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California Drought News: Are you surprised San Francisco's not saving water?



Lawns are still pretty popular in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they're using the same amount of water as before the governor asked for voluntary conservation 5 months ago.
Lawns are still pretty popular in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they're using the same amount of water as before the governor asked for voluntary conservation 5 months ago.
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Monday's drought news wishes it could sneak up on you and surprise you, not like a scary surprise but more like a fun birthday surprise.

"The fires in California and here in Arizona are a clear example of what happens as the Earth warms, particularly as the West warms, and the warming caused by humans is making fire season longer and longer with each decade," said University of Arizona geoscientist Jonathan Overpeck. "It's certainly an example of what we'll see more of in the future." (Haaretz)
The 10 percent conservation goal was met only six times over the past 18 weeks, according to the SFPUC. Water deliveries exceeded last year’s usage in six of those weeks, with water usage at or above the SFPUC’s five-year average in 10 of those weeks, according to water usage records that are updated weekly. SFPUC reservoirs are currently at 67 percent of capacity. (SF Examiner)

Are you surprised that northern California isn't as good at saving water as southern California? Let us know!