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modify california officials stepping up efforts to deal with the worsening drought on friday the state's water board announcing it will no longer exempt some of the regions oldest water rights holders from the conservation already being forced on others alex dobie jin ski is covering the story for reuters , this , highlights just how bad the drought is in california in that they have not had to take this step since the late nineteen seventies , so it shows that that things are indeed a serious as the governor and and others in the state have been saying and and that that the problem is is is very intense many of the farmers in the state delta san joaquin and sacramento regions who held claim to the land for more than a hundred years have first priority when it comes to water use lower water rights in this , part of the state , go back to around the time of the the california gold rush , pacific lead these rights , that are being affected now are from did the year nineteen o. three and onward urban areas will already ordered to cut back what are used by up to thirty six percent in some communities but the senior rights holders were mostly spared that later agreeing to voluntarily cut water consumption twenty five percent that however is not enough with officials scrambling to deal with a devastating four year drought justice farmers get ready to play the season's crops officials warned there may be more mandatory cuts to come