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A pipe emerges from dried and cracked earth that used to be the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir on January 28, 2014 in San Jose, California. Now in its third straight year of drought conditions, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years, and reservoirs throughout the state have low water levels. Santa Clara County reservoirs are at 3 percent of capacity or lower. California Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency to speed up assistance to local governments, streamline water transfers and potentially ease environmental protection requirements for dam releases.
You may have been enjoying the rainy weather this weekend, but despite those few — and much needed — drops of water, the state remains parched.
So what's a Californian to do in these dry times? Patt Morrison of the LA Times stopped by to share some of her ideas for conserving water.