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California drought prompts first ever water restrictions

The governor of California has implemented the first mandatory water restrictions in the state's history.

The order mandates a 25% reduction in water usage for cities and towns across the parched state.

Vast areas of government-owned lawns will be replaced by drought-tolerant landscaping, and towns will be banned from watering ornamental grass.

Last year, Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed a state of emergency after years of drought.

Peter Bowes reports.