Residents of Santa Cruz, California, are being forced to cut back on their daily water use after city officials issued a warning.
Residents are concerned about the potential for a drought after a relatively dry winter and spring. City council issued a Stage 1 water shortage, with restrictions in place through the end of October, according to ABC 7 News.
Stage 1 means residents cannot wash down hard or paved surfaces and it includes no landscape watering between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The San Lorenzo River, the city’s largest water source, is experiencing lower than normal levels and is expected to dwindle in the coming months, according to the report.
The city will spend the next month educating residents on its water restrictions before issuing fines or violations.