Lawns and golf courses take biggest hit in the state's first-ever mandatory statewide water reductions. Farmers, who use 80 percent of the water, are exempt but have already been affected by the decision to release less water from reservoirs.
Standing on a parched piece of grass, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced the state’s first-ever mandatory statewide water reductions on Wednesday. The state aims to cut back its water use by 25 percent over the next nine months, when the next wet season is expected to begin.