SONOMA, Calif. — As the state enters its fourth year of drought, officials have taken steps to strengthen conservation efforts, according to

The State Water Resources Control Board decided last month to extend water restrictions, noted the article. The Sonoma County Water Agency will continue its water limitations as well.

Residents may only water lawns between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, stated the article. However, locals must wait 48 hours to irrigate yards if it rains.

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Restaurants can only serve water if a customer requests it, reported the article. Hotel and inn guests must have the option to refrain from having towels washed daily.

Citizens can still wash their cars in their driveways, shared the article, but they must use a bucket or a hose with a shut-off nozzle.

The region’s winter storms allowed Sonoma’s water reserves to rise, but summer could be dry if spring does not bring more rain, said the article.

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