Beach showers turned off in California

California has turned off showers at the beaches in the midst of a historic drought.

Existing hand stations will still be available but showers  will be shut off statewide in an effort to conserve water.

It affects all California state parks and beaches until further notice.  Local beaches are not required to do it but are being encouraged by the state to shut off the water.

The showers use between 1 and 1.5 gallons per use and statewide they estimate that they can save almost 18 million gallons of water a year.