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Calif. cities cut water use

California's efforts to get residents to save water during the state's historic drought have met with some success, according to figures released yesterday. In July, cities cut their water use 7.5 percent below last year's levels, according to a state survey of urban water agencies. The savings amount to 17 billion gallons -- enough to fill 25,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools or provide a five-minute shower for 1.7 billion people. Overall urban water use for the month was 213 billion gallons. That's an improvement over June conservation levels of 4.4 percent but still lagging behind Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) request in January to reduce usage by 20 percent.

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