Beachgoers face sandier summer as state shuts off showers

Jul 10, 2015 2:24 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Some California surfers and sunbathers will have to shake off a lot more sand after a shower shutdown at dozens of beaches.

Seeking to conserve water during the drought, California State Parks has ordered all beaches and state parks to shut off outdoor rinse stations, effective July 15.

The department said this week it has successfully met the Governor's 25 percent water reduction mandate. However, in areas with more water scarcity, parks have to further reduce consumption.

Todd Lewis, acting superintendent for California State Parks' Orange Coast district, tells the Los Angeles Times in a Friday story that beachgoers can use "clever alternatives" like using a broom to brush their bodies off.

The department estimates shutting off public showers could save more than 18 million gallons of water annually.

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