The Sacramento area has cut its water use by nearly 20 percent.

Since the drought conservation calls were first made, home and business owners across our four-county area have reduced water use by 18 percent, or seven billion gallons.

"I actually think that's pretty impressive," John Woodling, the executive director of the Regional Water Authority, said. 

The Regional Water Authority represents most local suppliers. He says you can credit a mix of enforcement and rebates or incentives.

"You know, I drive around town and I see a lot of lawns that are going from green to yellow and brown," Woodling said. 

Our area is leading some others in the state and Woodling says that's because the drought is so apparent here.

You notice it when the rivers are low or you can't go boating in Folsom Lake.