State prison inmates say they’re not strangers to mandated water restrictions. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has reduced shower time to five minutes per day, three days a week.
Although some say the policy flat out stinks, the CDCR said that through this and other water restriction methods they’ve been able to save about 1.5 billion gallons of water each year.
Sacramento County Jail officials say that while county lockups are prohibited from limiting showers, they have cut back in other areas.
Sheriff’s department patrol cars are no longer being washed on a regular basis, they said, and the jails are trying to obtain water-flow-restriction components for sinks and toilets.
CDCR said their toilets have been outfitted with devices known as “flushometers”, which restrict the frequency in which toilets can be flushed along with how much water gets run down the drain. In some cases this has helped reduce water use by as much as 3o percent.
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