Shorter showers, not washing the car or watering the lawn, the city of Sacramento is congratulating its residents for responding to the call to conserve.

The month of February showed a 12 percent reduction in water use.

People were asked to cut back, and they did.

"The city saved over 200 million gallons of water in the month of February," Sacramento Department of Utilities Director Dave Brent said. 

He says the media helped get the word out, and people understood the effects of the drought.

"The pictures of a drying up Folsom Lake and all that have really gotten people's attention, so, yeah, we've seen a great response in the first month of our program," Brent said. 

But he cautions that the conservation efforts need to continue even though we've gotten some rain.