Californians water conservation returns to local leadership

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State regulators say most communities in drought-stricken California remained on target for saving water in June, the first month that put local leaders back in charge of conservation.

State water regulators on Tuesday will release figures as California endures its fifth year of drought.

Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, says there’s a dip in savings, but Californians overall are using less water than before the drought.

A near-average amount of winter rain and snowfall eased the dry spell, prompting regulators to abandon top-down conservation orders.

Community leaders throughout California pushed for more say.

William Murray, spokesman for Southern California’s Garden Grove, says cities like his invested in projects that make them drought-resilient.

He says they deserve more control over how much water they must save.