New Water Reduction Mandate has Smaller Cuts for Some Cities

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SACRAMENTO (AP) —

California regulators are offering a new plan for mandatory water reductions that would require some cities to conserve even more while reducing conservation targets for others.

The State Water Resources Control Board released the new water reduction targets on Saturday after cities blasted an earlier proposal as unfair and unrealistic.

The targets are based on per-capita water use last summer. The revised plan cuts water reduction goals for major cities including Los Angeles and San Diego. Other cities, however, are expected to conserve even more - like Sacramento.

The water conservation plan comes in response to Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order mandating a 25 percent cutback in urban water use.

The board is expected to vote on the regulations in early May.