SAN FRANCISCO -- Californians are falling short of the state's mandated water-saving target for the drought. State water officials announced Thursday that urban water users overall have managed to use 24.8 percent less water since mandatory conservation began last year.
That just misses the 25 percent water-cuts Gov. Jerry Brown had ordered for users in cities and towns.
California is now in the fifth year of drought. State water officials have worried that the current rainy season might lead Californians to ease up on water conservation efforts.
The latest numbers mark the first time since June that Californians have missed the overall mandatory water-conservation target.