Apr 01, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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California’s disastrous drought has caused Governor Jerry Brown to impose water restrictions – for the first time in history.

Brown has ordered the state water board to bring in mandatory reductions in cities and towns – and cut usage by 25 per cent.

That means golf courses, college campuses, cemeteries and other large landscapes will have to dramatically cut water use – and the watering of grass on public street medians will be banned.

The announcement comes as officials assessed the winter’s final survey of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

In December, NASA said it would take about 11 trillion gallons of rain for California to recover.

Pasadena’s jet propulsion laboratory says groundwater levels are at the lowest level in 65 years – and the state’s two largest river basins have lost 4 trillion gallons of water each year since 2011.

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