Newsom asked Californians to conserve water in the drought. It’s been a slow start

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The Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In the first test of their willingness to cut back on water use during the drought, Californians reduced residential consumption by just 1.8% in July compared to a year earlier — well short of what Gov. Gavin Newsom has been seeking. The statistics released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board suggest Californians haven’t been enthusiastically embracing Newsom’s appeal for 15% reductions, at least in the early going. “On conservation, we’re going to be needing to do more,” said the board’s chairman, Joaquin Esquivel. In fairness, Californians were already usi…

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