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Several ways to save water during California's drought emergency

California's Governor Jerry Brown recently declared a drought emergency and urged Californians to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20 percent. The action is the result of a prolonged dry spell in the state with no end in site. If the drought continues, then Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley, home to one of the largest agricultural areas in the world, will be seriously impacted.

Governor Brown shows photgraphic evidence of changes in the Sierra snowpack as a result of California's prolonged drought.
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

So what can the average person do to meet the Governor's goal of a 20 percent reduction? There are several things and some are simple, easy, and won't cost you a penny. The attached video details just some of the steps we all can take to save water during this emergency.

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