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Mapping/Shaming the Most Water-Guzzling Places in SoCal

The long succession of terrifying indicators that all of California is in a formidable dry spell (most recently the shockingly nonexistent snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas) have finally convinced the state to do something about it. On Wednesday, Governor Brown announced California's first mandatory statewide water restrictions, which require everyone to cut back by 25 percent. The LA Times points out that about 75 percent of the state's water is used by agriculture businesses, but these new regulations focus more on residential use, like when lawns and medians can be watered. Still, one look at this interactive map from the New York Times and it's clear that some residences are definitely water hogging.

Beverly Hills, water hog >>