California's looking pretty parched these days. So parched, in fact, that Governor Jerry Brown had to institute California's first-ever statewide mandatory water restrictions on Wednesday. Despite measures taken once Brown proclaimed a drought state of emergency last year, the state is still headed into its fourth year of drought.
Apparently, the situation calls for even more drastic measures.
The restrictions will affect watering gardens, lawns, cars, streets, sidewalks, and even yourself (yes, showers).
"Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow. This historic drought demands unprecedented action," said Brown at a news conference in an extremely arid part of the Sierra Nevada — which is normally a major source of water for the state, but now has a snowpack at its lowest level on record.
Here are some of the new measures: