Drought-Stricken California Reveals Water Savings For March

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Californians will learn how much water they saved by taking shorter showers and turning off sprinklers in the rain-soaked month of March. The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday will release its most recent conservation report. March is the first month under relaxed requirements. Residents are being asked to use at least 20 percent less water than they did in 2013. That's down from the 25 percent reduction begun last year. Max Gomberg, a senior climate scientist for the state water board, says the March savings are encouraging. Water regulators, meanwhile, are busy writing new regulations to save water since winter rain and snow has eased drought. Many local water districts say they want to set their own conservation targets. Other say the state should drop the emergency orders.