As I was hosing off my driveway this weekend, I thought about Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement Friday that California had a drought emergency. How could I do my part to help save water?

I’m joking about using a hose to clean my driveway, but this drought is no laughing matter. Last year was the driest year on record in California, and this year could be even drier.

“We’re facing perhaps the worst drought California has ever seen since records began being kept about 100 years ago,” Brown said Friday.

The drought is already being felt throughout the state. Firefighters are battling a wildfire east of Los Angeles. The town of Willits has estimated it has a 100-day supply of water left. And Southern California has had no measurable rain so far in January, one of our wettest months.

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