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Political accusations fly over record Californian drought

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By Euronews
Political accusations fly over record Californian drought

<p>A record drought in California is under the political spotlight, with a likely Republican presidential contender hitting out at environmentalists.</p> <p>Carly Fiorina has reacted to unprecedented water restrictions announced last week by the governor of the state, Democrat Jerry Brown.</p> <p>Fiorina calls the drought a “man-made disaster”, caused by what she calls liberal environmentalists who have blocked the building of a new reservoir, as well as water conveyance systems.</p> <p>She claims 70 percent of California’s rainfall is going to waste.</p> <p>New restrictions aim to reduce water use by 25 percent.</p> <p>Long Beach resident Gina Christopher said:<br /> “You have to, I mean I’m being restricted from toilet usage to watering the grass, limiting it to 5 to 10 minutes compared to the average of watering with a glass of wine outside for 15 minutes. Those days are done you can not do that anymore.”</p> <p>Millions of square metres of lawns across the state are being replaced with drought tolerant landscaping. </p> <p>And golf clubs, for example, have begun to use recycled water, as well as reducing their grassed areas.</p>