State Beaches Shut Off ‘Rinse-Off' Showers, 18M Gallon Savings Possible

Wednesday was the last day for beachgoers to use "rinse-off” showers at all state beaches as the state shuts the feature off to conserve water.

Across the state, parks employees put up signs to remind beachgoers the state is in a severe drought, and is trying to save water.

“It's kind of convenient when you have three little kids, obviously going to get them a little sandy coming back up here [from the beach],” said Joe Brendle of Hollister.

Brendle brought his family to Seacliff State Beach Tuesday, and saw the showers were dry when he started packing up. “I think it's kind of bogus, man,” he said.

Surfer Danny Boyer from Half Moon Bay agreed with the state’s move.

“I think the drought is serious business so I’m totally supportive of that decision,” he said.

The state claims shutting off the showers will save 1.2 gallons per rinse, and will save 18 million gallons of water each year.

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.

State Parks officials suggest beachgoers use towels to whisk sand from their legs, or even bring a gallon of water from home to wash off and make the ride home more bearable.

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