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California Misses Water Conservation Target for February

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SACRAMENTO–

Officials say residents of drought-plagued California fell just short of the state’s mandated water conservation target in February.

Officials said Monday that Californians used nearly 24 percent less water in the month, missing the 25 percent water cuts ordered last year for urban users by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Felicia Marcus, chair of the state water board, says Californians did a good job saving water, despite coming up short of the goal.

California is now in the fifth year of drought, even though an El Nino weather system delivered a near-average year of rain and snow.

Officials say that might impact the conservation order that has led to shorter showers and brown lawns in parts of the state.