Drought shuts restrooms at some California parks

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Updated: 7/11/2014 6:22 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's drought is beginning to dry up water supplies at state parks, including some of the system's most popular sites.

Restrooms with flush toilets have been closed at D.L. Bliss State Park at Lake Tahoe, the Hearst Castle Visitor's Center and Hearst San Simeon State Park. They've been replaced with portable toilets instead.

Meanwhile showers at D.L. Bliss, San Simeon and Portola Redwoods State Park have been shut down.

Each park relies on a local water supply, and in some cases that is a creek or spring. D.L. Bliss, which sees more than 12,000 campers a year, relies on a spring that dropped just before the July Fourth weekend.

District Superintendent Marilyn Linkem said Friday that the remaining supply must be preserved for potable water at campsites and for firefighting.

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