Severe drought conditions in California have forced the state government to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history. The State Water Resources Control Board must impose a 25 per cent reduction in water use from 2013 levels over the coming year. It is expected that Californians will have to cut back on every day activities, such as watering lawns and gardens, washing cars and taking showers. Farms, businesses, cemeteries and golf courses will also see an impact. In addition, the state is offering rebates to homeowners who switch to more water-efficient appliances and will be replacing 50 million square feet of ornamental turf with planting that consumes less water.