Gov. Brown Mandates First-Ever Statewide Water Restrictions

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With no end in sight to California's historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown announced a mandatory 25 percent reduction in water usage on Wednesday. Brown announced the state's first-ever mandatory water restrictions from a dry patch in the Sierra Nevada, which is normally covered with several feet of snow. The Sierra snowpack measured on Wednesday had the lowest water content on record. What will Gov. Brown's order mean for residents, cities and the state's water supply?


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