'We can't relax our guard,' state water official warns as conservation effort lags

For the first three years of California's drought, calls for water conservation got little traction.

Then in April, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory 25% cut, and California took notice. Through the summer, residents slashed water use dramatically, up to 31% in July.

But in August, conservation dipped for the first time since Brown's order took effect.

Californians cut back their urban water use in August by 27% compared with the same month in 2013, state regulators announced Thursday.

Officials blame August’s extreme heat and lack of rain — especially compared with July — for the uptick in water use.

Still, the numbers underscore concern that California's water-savings zeal could fade during the cooler, wetter winter months and especially in those that follow.

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