When California Gov. Jerry Brown mandated water cutbacks in 2015, many people responded by having the grass taken out of their lawns and replacing it with more drought-friendly landscaping. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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California's Dire Drought Message Wanes, Conservation Levels Drop

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Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory statewide water restrictions at the site of a manual snow survey on April 1, in Phillips, Calif. The recorded level was zero, the lowest in recorded history for California. Max Whittaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Santa Barbara Leads California In Cutting Water Use

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At the Pelican Hill golf resort in Newport Coast, Calif., water conservation is an obsession. Yuki Shimazu/Flickr hide caption

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In Record Drought, California Golf Course Ethically Keeps Greens Green

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The Los Angeles River in 2013. Engineers turned it into a narrow concrete channel in the 1940s, after a flood destroyed homes and left 100 people dead in 1938. Steve Lyon/Flickr hide caption

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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

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Homeowners can receive up to $4,000 for replacing their lawns with less thirsty plantings, in a rebate program run by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. iStock hide caption

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Access to fresh water is not a given for many, including this Indian girl carrying bottles of drinking water filled from a municipal tap two kilometers from her village. Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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