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State loses ground in drought water-saving
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians are losing ground on compliance with a state goal to cut water use by 20 percent during the drought, according to statewide water-use figures released Tuesday.

Daily per-capita water-use figures for October from the state Water Resources Control Board show Californians used 6.7 percent less water compared to October of last year. That’s short of the 20 percent reduction goal set by the state earlier this year, and worse than Californians’ 11.6 percent year-on-year reduction in August and 10.3 percent reduction in September.

Water board staffer Eric Oppenheimer told board members that the latest figures stem from high water use in some Southern California communities.

Southern coastal communities as a whole managed just 1.4 percent water reduction in October, compared to the same period last year, while northern coastal communities cut water use 22 percent for the same period.

Communities that consumed the most water per person include Golden State Water District in the Southern California city of Gowan Heights. That water district used 578 gallons per person per day on average, compared to the statewide average of 71 gallons a day, according to the state.