SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The latest water-use figures show drought-plagued Californians have recovered a little of the ground they lost in terms of water conservation. The state Water Resources Control Board released figures Tuesday showing Californians in September used 18 percent less water than they did in 2013 before the declaration of a drought emergency. Californians have been backsliding on water conservation since the state lifted mandatory conservation for cities and towns earlier this year. Tuesday’s figures aren’t as good as the 26-percent cut in water use for the same time in 2015 under mandatory conservation. But the water-savings are better than last month’s sagging conservation report. Water officials say they will decide in January whether to reimpose any kind of mandatory water conservation for urban users.