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POSTED March 20, 2014 1:07 a.m.

So how’s that voluntary water conservation strategy the City of Manteca is going with as a way to reduce water consumption by 20 percent working?

That’s what a reader asked Wednesday after driving by the 7-Eleven store at Yosemite and Powers avenues and noticed sprinklers were on and watering a strip of grass at 2 p.m. And, yes, the water was running across the sidewalk and into the gutter.

According to the city’s adopted water use rules no one — including businesses — is allowed to water their lawns between noon and 6 p.m. on any day. On the flip side, the store has an odd address which meant it was watering the lawn on the right day.

Manteca has a long ways to go to adhere to Governor Jerry Brown’s statewide drought emergency declaration in January that called upon all Californians — including businesses — to reduce water use by 20 percent. So how well did the city do in January? Overall, Manteca set a January record for consuming 245 million gallons of water.

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