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Water cutbacks ordered by Russian River district

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- A Northern California water district will require residents, businesses and farmers to cut their dependence on Lake Mendocino water by half beginning next month.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1mvpMXl) the board of directors of the Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District voted unanimously Monday night to adopt the mandatory cutbacks.

The newspaper says drought-plagued Lake Mendocino is below 42 percent of capacity. The district sells the lake's water to seven municipal water districts and about 40 farmers.

To the south, the Santa Clara Valley Water District's board of directors is expected to consider Tuesday whether to ask the public for a 20 percent reduction in water use _ double what the agency first requested last month, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com

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