California Drought Brings New Water Restrictions

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“The Golden State could refer to the hue of California’s grass,” stated cnn.com. California’s new water restrictions has proposed that everyone will use 25% less water.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday imposed mandatory water restrictions for the first time on residents, businesses and farms, ordering cities and towns in the drought-ravaged state to reduce usage by 25% nytimes.com reported.

The 25% cut in usage amounts to roughly 1.5 million acre-feet of water (an acre foot of water equals about 325,000 gallons) over the next nine months, state officials said according to cnn.com.

“People should realize we are in a new era,” Mr. Brown said at a news conference on Wednesday, standing on a patch of brown and green grass that would normally be thick with snow at this time of year according to cbsnews.com “The idea of your nice little green lawn getting watered every day, those days are past.”