Amid California's drought, state officials have announced they won't be able to provide water to agencies serving 25 million people and nearly 1 million acres of farmland.
Today's announcement marks the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that such action has been taken.
The State Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin says there simply is not enough water in the system now.
He says the action was taken to conserve water in the state's reservoirs, which are far below normal levels.
Most of the towns and farms that draw from the State Water Project have other sources of water. But those also are limited because of the dry conditions.
Gov. Jerry Brown said the water department's announcement is a stark reminder that California's drought is real.
The governor said he has directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages.
This week alone, Cal Fire hired 125 firefighters for the increased fire threat throughout the state due to the dry conditions.
The governor is calling on all Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent.
The following is the release from the California Department of Water Resources pertaining to the water shortage and drastic outlook for the state:
-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.