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WATER USE DOWN 6% DESPITE RECORD HEAT

Despite record breaking heat, water consumption in Salt Lake City was down 6 percent, city public utilities director LeRoy Hooton Jr. says.

"I don't know if it was across-the-board, but citizens get an A-plus for being responsible," Hooton said.Comparing this summer to the same period in 1988, when Salt Lakers consumed a record amount of water during extreme heat, Hooton said water use was down 6 percent this summer. The city also has increased its hookups by 4,000 since 1988.

Possibly prompting residents' new-found conservation ethic was a 10 percent rate hike that took effect July 1. Hooton said water sales were down 7 percent in July.