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Water board: California water use fell 29 percent in May, biggest savings since tracking began

  • FILE - In this May 18, 2015, file photo, irrigation pipes hang along a dried irrigation canal on a field farmed by Gino Celli near Stockton, Calif. California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    FILE - In this May 18, 2015, file photo, irrigation pipes hang along a dried irrigation canal on a field farmed by Gino Celli near Stockton, Calif. California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, May 18, 2015, file photo, Gino Celli inspects wheat nearing harvest on his farm near Stockton, Calif. California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday, July1, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)

    FILE - In this Monday, May 18, 2015, file photo, Gino Celli inspects wheat nearing harvest on his farm near Stockton, Calif. California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday, July1, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 5, 2015, file photo, Tony Corcoran records sprinklers watering the lawn in front of a house in Beverly Hills, Calif. California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    FILE - In this June 5, 2015, file photo, Tony Corcoran records sprinklers watering the lawn in front of a house in Beverly Hills, Calif. California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)  (The Associated Press)

California water regulators say cities showed their best drought conservation yet by cutting water use 29 percent in May compared to two years ago.

The data released Wednesday by the State Water Resources Control Board comes as communities are ordered to save water in case the four year dry spell persists.

Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus say the data show more Californians are doing their part during the drought. The board also says rain in parts of the state likely drove the May water savings.

Water savings are compared to 2013, the year before Brown declared a drought emergency.

Gov. Jerry Brown in April ordered a 25 percent reduction in urban water use.

Conservation has been lagging despite the historic dry period. The last report showed 13.5 percent conservation in April.