Mandatory water-saving measures in place to fight California’s historic drought have produced a sizeable drop in consumption over the past two months, regulators said.

The measures have been far reaching and the US state’s 38 million residents are only allowed to water their lawns on specific days and have been asked to use water-saving hoses, even though it is the height of another punishing summer.

The state has also asked campuses, golf courses and cemeteries to significantly reduce watering.

As a result, water use was down 31 percent in July over the same period a year ago, and 27 percent in June, the State Water Resources Control Board reported.

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