By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/30/14, 4:56 PM PST | Updated: 53 mins ago

Gov. Jerry Brown is urging Californians to be more conservative with their water use during the dry period in the state. Associated Press file photo

If the drought plaguing the Golden State continues, all Californians will have to change their habits, from taking shorter showers, to turning taps off while shaving or brushing teeth and making better use of water, Gov. Jerry Brown told the region’s water officials Thursday.

“Everyone is going to have to get used to using water as efficiently and as responsibly as possible,” Brown said. “There are limited resources and every day the drought goes on, we will have to tighten down. The easiest water to get is that we don’t use.”

As the state struggles to deal with dry conditions from Sacramento to Redlands, Brown met Thursday with water managers from across Southern California to urge statewide cooperation in making sure there is enough water for everyone.

Brown met with Metropolitan Water District officials, the umbrella agency that provides water to 26 cities and water districts in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

“Make no mistake,” Brown said at the beginning of the session. “This drought is a big wake-up call and reminds us we do depend on natural systems. It is not just going to the store and buying something.”

Last week, Brown asked Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent, and he’s said mandatory programs will be put into effect if needed.

It’s a message echoed by local water agencies, inland water officials said.

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