Beachgoers face sandier summer as state shuts off showers

AP News
Posted: Jul 10, 2015 3:15 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is shutting off the showers at state-run beaches to save water, meaning surfers and sunbathers will have to be creative this summer when it comes time to shake off the sand.

Seeking to conserve during the drought, California State Parks has ordered all beaches and state parks to turn off their outdoor rinse stations, effective July 15.

The department said this week it has successfully met the Governor's 25 percent water reduction mandate. However, in areas with more water scarcity, parks have to further reduce consumption.

Todd Lewis, acting superintendent for California State Parks' Orange Coast district, tells the Los Angeles Times ( beachgoers can employ "clever alternatives," like using a broom to brush off their bodies.

The department estimates shutting off public showers could save more than 18 million gallons of water annually.