California Drought: Summer is Crucial for Saving Water, but Conservation Still Ho-Hum

Californians began paying more attention to their water use as summer arrived, but statewide conservation remains well short of what the governor has requested during the drought.

In June, municipal water consumption dropped 7.6% compared to the same month in 2020, marking a second straight month of savings, according to state data released Tuesday, and parts of the Bay Area did considerably better. The four prior months, however, saw increases in water use, sometimes by double digits.