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"We have less water in this fourth year of the drought than we certainly had before and we may even have less going forward,” says Governor Brown.

In a roundtable discussion, Governor Jerry Brown met with state business leaders to discuss how they will meet the statewide 25% mandatory water reductions.

"I represent public agencies all across the state that are struggling with it."

As Californians tighten up their water use, the state wants to make sure the business community does the same.

"This drought, even if it ends next year, is going to change the way landscaping is done in California."

The governor has ordered to cut water use on state campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes. President of California Alliance for Golf Chris Thomas says there will be noticeable effects. "You're going to see brown out areas, you're going to see turf grass removed. And put in there some landscape tolerant to the area."

Thomas says state golf courses have drought plans in place and have already cut their water usage by 40 to 50%. And have had to invest in expensive equipment and irrigation systems to meet those numbers. "It does cost money and that's the real roadblock that we have, there's no question about it."

The order would also cut watering of plants and grass on public street medians.

"If we really seriously go after those ornamental uses of water we can solve this problem and protect our core economy."

If these standards aren't met, California's water districts could face steep fines. But the state water resources board believes they can be reached.

"How do we do that in a way that everyone accepts as reasonable and fair is what we are trying to work out right now."
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