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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Drought has had a dramatic impact on the state of California, according to the Washington Post.


SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — On Jan. 8, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency, and asked for the people of California to voluntarily cut water use by 20 percent, according to the Washington Post.

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Climatologist Brian Fuchs said that two-thirds of the state is in "extreme drought,” with 10 percent of the state suffering “exceptional drought.”

Potential car washers in Marin County have been asked to either not clean their cars, or do so at "eco-friendly" washes, according to Forbes.

There have been regulations put in place that only allow people to water their lawns once a week. “Right now it’s Saturday or Sunday, customer’s choice,” said City of Sacramento Spokesperson, Jessica Hess.

The amount of water available in the state ranges depending on the area. The town of Willits has less than 100 days of water in storage. Southern California has enough water to last a year, even without rain, according to Jeff Kightlinger, general manager of Metropolitan Water District.


To read the Washington Post story, click here

To read Forbes story, click here

US Drought Monitor, click here

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