SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Just days after Governor Jerry Brown declares a drought emergency for California, communities are doing their part to save water. 

Images of Cachuma Lake in Santa Barbara County which is below 40% of its capacity, have state officials on edge. Residents are asked to conserve on their water use both indoors and outdoors.

One tip is to take shorter showers. Five minutes versus 10 minutes could save roughly 12.5 gallons of water. Residents are asked to turn off the faucet when brushing their teeth or shaving. 

But to put things in perspective, Santa Barbara's Public Works Department said 50% of our water use is in landscaping. Therefore, residents need to start with their sprinkler systems. 

Residents need to test their systems and make sure they're spraying in the right direction and working properly. They also need to adjust their sprinkler timers. Right now it's advised to change your water amount to 40% of what you would be used the summer. 

Residents can also schedule an appointment with city staff wherein they can come to your homes or business to evaluate the water use. They will make recommendations on how to be more efficient and it's all for free. 

For a complete list of tips: 

Visit: http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/pw/resources/conservation/default.asp

Slideshow: Water Levels at Lake Cachuma at Under 40% of Capacity

POSTED: 11:13 AM PST Jan 15, 2014    UPDATED: 12:00 AM PST Jan 16, 2014 

The Lake Cachuma is over 51 feet down from the spill level at Bradbury Dam and is under 40 percent of its capacity.

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