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Only paper plates in restaurants, orders Fort Bragg

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One of the new ways of life in a drought is California restaurants will only serve you water if you ask for it.

But in the city of Fort Bragg, 130 miles up the coast from San Francisco, people are taking it a step further.

The dry conditions there are so extreme that the city's requiring restaurants to serve people only with paper plates and flatware.

It's one of the many measures Fort Bragg enacted because one of the city's main sources of water is now unusable.

A lack of fresh water flowing from the Noyo River means that ocean tides can creep up the channel to reach intake pipes that provide 40 percent of the city's water supply.

Tom Varga, director of public works for the city of Fort Bragg, joins Take Two to talk about some of the drastic measures the city has enacted.