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The first survey of California's water usage since the new emergency conservation measures—like those $500 fines for wasting water—shows that Californians used 7.5 percent less water in July than at the same time last year. That total masks some vast disparities between regions, though: 9 out of 10 of the most wasteful counties are in Southern California, where the city of Whittier actually used 20 percent more water than last July. Conservation-wise, the Bay Area eked out the most savings, led by Livermore with a 38 percent reduction. Water conservation is very serious and this is not a contest but WOO! [Curbed LA; KPCC]