State Parks and Beaches to Turn Off Rinse Showers

The department estimates that turning off the showers will conserve more than 18 million gallons of water a year.

Sandy rides home from the beach are in store for California beachgoers, after all California state beaches and state parks were ordered to turn off their outdoor rinse showers to conserve water amid the state's record-breaking drought.

Starting July 15, the rinse stations at state parks and beaches statewide will be turned off in an effort to meet Governor Jerry Brown's 25 percent water use reduction mandate.

Although the department has already met Gov. Jerry Brown's 25 percent reduction of water use mandate, some parks and beaches will have to take additional measures such as turning off sinks and replacing them with hand sanitizers, or by installing low-flow toilets and faucets.

It is estimated that turning off the showers will conserve 1.2 gallons of water per use, and more than 18 million gallons of water a year, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

The department suggests that people looking to clean themselves of sand or dirt use alternative methods like bringing a brush or towel to remove sand, or bringing a jug of water from home.

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