*You may have heard, the State of California is in a serious drought. And rumor has it, soon greater water restrictions will be placed on residential users.

Gov. Jerry Brown recently imposed mandatory water restrictions on residents businesses and farms for the first time, and ordered cities and towns in the drought-ravaged state to reduce usage by 25%.

“We’re in a new era,” Brown said. “The idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day, that’s going to be a thing of the past.”

The Sacramento Bee got busy soliciting questions from readers who wanted some practical advice on things they could do to conserve when the drought “got real” last summer. Following are answers to some of the questions submitted to Bee reporters.

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