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Whittier, Redlands, Hawthorne increase July water use by double digits

In the midst of California's third year of drought, there has been a drop in the state's monthly water use.
In the midst of California's third year of drought, there has been a drop in the state's monthly water use.
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California water agencies reported a 7.5 percent drop in monthly water use in July, falling short of Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction.

Water suppliers are now required to submit monthly production numbers to the State Water Resources Control Board, which imposed statewide water restrictions in July. The board may consider aggressive steps to cut down water use further as the state deals with the third year of a crippling drought.

Some water agencies reporting increases in water use caution their numbers don't reflect their conservation efforts. For example, Whittier Public Works Director David Pesler said his city posted the largest monthly spike in July because a nearby city that draws from their water supply accidentally left a valve open.

These large suppliers (serving more than 40,000 people) reported the biggest increases in July water use compared to the previous years among 362 respondents to the state survey:

Water District County July Water Use
City of Whittier Los Angeles County +20 percent
City of Redlands San Bernardino County +14 percent
City of Hawthorne Los Angeles County +13 percent
City of San Clemente Orange County +12 percent
Olivenhain Municipal Water District San Diego County +9 percent
City of La Habra Orange County +11 percent
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Los Angeles County +10 percent
City of Lodi San Joaquin County +9 percent
City of San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo County +6 percent
Cucamonga Valley Water District San Bernardino County +5 percent
Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District Riverside County +5 percent
City of Orange Orange County +5 percent
Otay Water District San Diego County +4 percent

These large suppliers reported the biggest decreases in July water use:

Water District County July Water Use
California Water Service Company Livermore Alameda County -38 percent
City of Pleasanton Alameda County -37 percent
Dublin San Ramon Services District Alameda County -34 percent
City of Woodland Yolo County -27 percent
Sacramento Suburban Water District Sacramento County -26 percent
City of Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County -25 percent
Placer County Water Agency   -22 percent
City of Sacramento Sacramento County -22 percent
Alameda County Water District   -22 percent
Citrus Heights Water District Sacramento County -21 percent

Correction: An earlier version of this list left off several cities from the biggest increases list. KPCC regrets the error.