We're helping lead the state. The Sacramento area has continued to cut water use.

From January through June, customers belonging to two dozen water districts reduced consumption by 18 percent.

That's closing in on Governor Jerry Brown's goal of 20 percent, and users in Sacramento city limits may meet that when July's data comes in.

"It just takes some time. We really are talking about behavior changes," Terrance Davis with the Department of Utilities said. 

Davis says the City Council, in response to new state mandates, is now considering a ban on residential fountains that don't re-circulate water.

Something that will stay on? Water features and water play areas at city parks.

"They're a really important asset for our community for kids to access to those. So they really were kinda looked at just like our pool facilities," he said.