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Business Journal: Sacramento Among Highest Water-Using Cities

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Sacramento region boasts two rivers and faces the ever-present concerns about flooding, but it’s also one of the largest water users in the nation, even worse than the fast-growing desert communities of Las Vegas and Tucson, Ariz. A Forbes magazine report found that the four-county region is the eighth-thirstiest in the nation, with the average resident using about 250 gallons of water per day — much higher than the national average.

In fact, four California cities are among the 10 worst in the nation, led by Los Angeles, which topped the national list, followed by San Diego in second place and San Antonio, Texas, at No. 3. Honolulu and Bakersfield — which basically represented the entire Central Valley, from the Grapevine to Stockton — finished in fourth and fifth place on the national list. Phoenix and Portland, Ore., also made the heavy water-user list, just ahead of Sacramento.
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