Conserve Water: Shower with a Friend?

Remember the old joke: Want to conserve water shower with a friend or neighbor? Well, that joke may live a new life as California Governor Jerry Brown threatens hefty fines for people who shower too long.

Governor Brown on ABC This Week said, "We have a state water board that oversees all these local districts and if they don't comply people can be fined $500 a day. Districts can get a cease and desist order. The enforcement mechanism is powerful in a drought of this magnitude."

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In the accompanying video piece, you'll hear some interesting reaction, but for now let's look at how you can cut down on your shower water use. Burbank Water and Power official Joe Flores says that if you have a standard shower head you are probably using about 2.5 gallons of water per minute. If you shower for five minutes you are using 12.5 gallons. If you shower for thirty minutes it is 75-gallons. There are shower heads you can purchase that will reduce the water flow to 1.5 gallons per minute.

Think about that as you watch this report.

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