California City to Restaurants: Use Paper Plates in Drought

A California city has ordered restaurants to cut back on dishwashing by using disposable plates, cutlery and cups as a way to save water during the fourth year of drought in the state.

Officials in the lumber town of Fort Bragg, Mendocino County declared a water emergency after a river that provides the coastal town's drinking water got so low that ocean water seeped into city pipes, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

The City Council ordered residents and businesses to cut water use by 30 percent compared to last year's consumption rate.

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