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Drought-Ridden California Is Shutting Down Showers at Beaches and Prisons

Bathing is becoming a luxury as California's four-year drought drags on and water restrictions get stricter and stricter. Yesterday, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told its inmates it's shut off open-air showers in its prison yards as it tries to cut back on water by 25 percent. The showers will still work in the cellblocks and prisoners can also "take sponge baths by the sinks in their cells," reports the LA Times, but it's enough of an indignity that lawyers for inmates have added the shut-off to a class-action lawsuit.

And SoCal beach showers are off, too >>