Drought Prompts Bay Area Businesses to Conserve Water

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    On the heels of the announcement of emergency water cutbacks, businesses are starting to make some changes. NBC Bay Area's Kimberly Tere reports from Livermore on what is being done to conserve water. (Published Saturday, Feb 1, 2014)

    On the heels of the announcement of emergency water cutbacks, Bay Area businesses are starting to make some changes.

    Since Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in California, businesses are looking into what could be done to conserve water.

    People NBC Bay Area spoke to said they are well aware of the need to conserve, and those who have been around for previous droughts, said they already know how to do it. They said they are taking shorter showers and not watering their lawns, but businesses must also make cutbacks.

    Many restaurants across the Tri-Valley area are not serving customers water unless it is specifically requested. Some restaurant owners said they see a lot of full water glasses left on the tables at the end of meals and said it can quickly add up.

    "Worst Drought Calif. Has Ever Seen," Gov. Jerry Brown

    [BAY] "Worst Drought Calif. Has Ever Seen," Gov. Jerry Brown
    California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on Friday, saying this is “perhaps the worst drought California has ever seen since records began being kept about 100 years ago.” See a raw video of his Jan. 17, 2013, press conference in San Francisco. (Published Friday, Jan 17, 2014)

    At the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton Saturday, people from many different faiths came to pray for rain. The event was organized by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islasmic Relations.

    "Modern people have become so divorced from nature. People now they think, 'oh what a beautiful day,' when it should be rainig," a person at the fairgrounds said.

    Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton have already been told by officials that they will not be getting any water from the state water project, which suppplies 80 percent of their water each year.

    Now, the region is forced to conserve water and rely on local reservoirs and underground wells for its supply.

    Gov. Brown Asks Californians to Reduce Water Use by 20%

    [BAY] Gov. Brown Asks Californians to Reduce Water Use by 20%
    Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on Friday, citing a need for conservation efforts and a fingers-crossed message that he "hopes it will rain" soon during what looks like it will be the driest year on record in the history of California. This is “perhaps the worst drought California has ever seen since records began being kept about 100 years ago,” Brown said at a news conference on Friday. Christie Smith Reports (Published Friday, Jan 17, 2014)