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Brown orders California's first mandatory water restrictions: 'It's a different world'
Brown orders California's first mandatory water restrictions: 'It's a different world'

  PHILLIPS, Calif. -- Standing in a brown field that would normally be smothered in several feet of snow, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered cities and towns across California to cut water use by 25% as part of a sweeping set of mandatory drought restrictions, the first in state history. The directive comes more than a year after Brown asked for a 20% voluntary cut in water use that most parts of the state have failed to attain, even as one of the most severe modern droughts drags into a fourth year. It also came on the day that water officials measured the lowest April 1 snowpack in more than 60 years of record-keeping in the Sierra Nevada. Wearing hiking shoes and a...

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