A mountain biker rides through dry vegetation in the Santa Monica Mountains in the Topanga area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)

(Bloomberg) — California regulators approved rules that for the first time require mandatory water reductions across the state as a historic drought gripping the region enters its fourth year and conservation efforts fall short of targets.

The state’s 411 urban water suppliers must cut use by 8% to 36%, with some of the deepest decreases imposed on wealthy communities that haven’t reduced their consumption enough. Those cities that have already cut back the most would face smaller restrictions.

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