Officials Looking for More Guidance on Showers at Beaches

Beachgoers, get ready to keep those sandy feet just a little longer. As California heads into its fourth year of drought, the state is turning off showers at state beaches to save water. NBC 7’s Consumer Bob has the story. (Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015)

Local State Park officials are looking for further guidance from the governor on how to proceed with "rinse-off” showers at state beaches, which have been turned off since 2015.

The showers were first turned off two summers ago when the State of California was in a period of severe drought. The showers were shut off to conserve water.

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In April, Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced the state would lift its drought emergency for most of the state after a winter of record rain and snowfall that followed a five-year dry spell.

"This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner," Gov. Brown said. "Conservation must remain a way of life."

In light of Brown's conversation message, state park representatives are looking for more guidance on whether they should turn the showers back on. As of Monday, the showers remain off.

In the meantime, officials will be working to make sure the showers are still in working order, since they have been turned off for some time.

Del Mar has decided to turn off the showers along its beaches to conserve water. NBC 7's Greg Bledsoe has reaction to the decision. (Published Tuesday, May 26, 2015)

The San Diego County beaches affected are: Carlsbad State Beach, Cardiff State Beach, San Elijo State Beach, San Onofre State Beach, Silver Strand State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach and Torrey Pines State Beach.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

California is shutting down the "rinse-off" showers at all state beaches to conserve water. Parks employees put up signs to remind beachgoers the state is in a severe drought, and is trying to save water. Ian Cull reports. (Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015)