California's water use is skyrocketing amid drought.  These regions save the most—and the least—water

California’s water use is skyrocketing amid drought. These regions save the most—and the least—water

This year is shaping up to be another dry year, as the winter months, when the state sees much of its precipitation, haven’t delivered as much rain and snow as expected.

Persistent drought means water providers across California — and their consumers — need to conserve more water to avoid running out. Governor Gavin Newsom has called for a 15% decrease in water use, but only a small portion of suppliers have achieved that goal. Statewide, water use jumped about 19% in March 2022 compared to the same month in 2020.

The State Water Resources Control Board has tracked how various water providers — and communities across California — have conserved water. The agency’s analysis compared each supplier’s cumulative water consumption over eight months between July 2019 and March 2020 with consumption between July 2021 and March 2022.

The data table shows how much each water agency, which includes municipalities, reduced or increased its cumulative use over two years. It includes more than 350 water providers across the state for which reliable, up-to-date data was available. A negative percentage change indicates reduced utilization.

Less than 5% of vendors, most of which are located in Northern California, included in this dataset actually met the 15% reduction target. See how vendors in your area fared.

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