Drought's End Means California Beachgoers Get Showers Back - NBC Southern California

Coverage of one of California's most severe dry spells on record and its dramatic turnaround

Drought's End Means California Beachgoers Get Showers Back

Brown issued an executive order on April 7 ending the drought state of emergency.

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    Outdoor showers are flowing once again at many state beaches because state water regulators are now easing back on restrictions put in place when the drought was at its worst. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News at 5 Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017)

    California surfers are stoked after showers at state beaches that were turned off during the drought are flowing once again.

    The parks department turned off the showers in July 2015 at the height of the dry spell as Gov. Jerry Brown urged state officials to cut back on water use.

    Brown issued an executive order on April 7 ending the drought state of emergency.

    The Orange County Register reports Wednesday that showers at Bolsa Chica, Huntington Beach and Doheny state beaches are back on. Parks spokeswoman Gloria Sandoval says more beaches will follow as the agency evaluates the condition of public rinse stations.

    California Department of Water Resources

    San Onofre surfer David Matuszak says besides allowing beachgoers to rinse off sand and salt, the showers help reduce the chance of infections from exposure to toxins in the water.

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