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Water Use Drops 10% in July as California Deals With Drought

A sign about saving water is posted on browning grass outside the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, July 11, 2022. California's water use dropped more than 10% in July compared to two years ago, state officials said Wednesday Sept. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
A sign about saving water is posted on browning grass outside the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, July 11, 2022. California's water use dropped more than 10% in July compared to two years ago, state officials said Wednesday Sept. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- Californians stepped up their water conservation in July, using 10.4% less than two years ago as the state struggles with a years-long drought, state water officials said Wednesday.

July marks the first full month that new conservation rules like a ban on watering decorative grass were in effect, which state water officials said helped make a difference. Water use started to trend down in June after a bump in April and May.