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Statewide Water Usage Jumps In March Despite Pleas For Conservation

California’s water usage jumped nearly 19% in March. State officials say it’s the most water used in one month since 2015. The Governor had asked residents last year to use 15% less water in the middle of a severe drought. Since July, the state has cut it’s water use by just 3.7%. Newsom responded to the news by pledging to spend an extra $26 Million on water conservation programs. That’s in addition to the $190 Million he proposed in January. Stage 2 water restrictions went into effect on the first of May for the City of Redding. Watering can only be done between 9PM and 7AM three days a week. Those with even numbered addresses can water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For odd number addresses it’s Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. No runoff is allowed and no watering for 48 hours after rainfall. Hoses must have shutoff nozzles. There can be a Fifty Dollar fine for each violation, but that’ll only be done as a last resort. Although the restrictions are mandated, officials say the city still has an abundant supply of groundwater sources.