Governor Jerry Brown met with water managers from across Southern California yesterday as the state continues to grapple with extreme drought.

"Make no mistake, this drought is a big wake up call and a reminder that we do depend on natural systems," Brown said. 

Brown says in the short term he is working to get federal funding, and for the long term, he says he's working for investments.

California is in its third dry year with rural communities being hit particularly hard.

Seventeen communities in Northern and Central California are in danger of running out of water within four months.

Brown provided some very practical guidance for Californians amid our deepening drought: He said take shorter showers, turn off the water while brushing teeth, and "don't flush more than you have to."

"Hopefully it's going to rain. If it doesn't, we're going to have to act in a very strenuous way in every part of the state to get through."

The governor's plea came as wet weather finally moved through northern portions of the state after 52 days without rain.

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