REDDING, Calif. -

Caltrans is taking steps to help California survive the drought.

They’re both cutting their own water use and asking the public to do the same.

Starting today, Caltrans will be using their highway signs to ask people to use less water.  The signs will display “serious drought, help save water” when there are no emergencies or traffic alerts.

Caltrans is also doing their part to conserve water.  The agency is cutting irrigation water use by 50 percent and will completely stop watering in the hardest hit areas like the San Joaquin Valley.

In addition, Caltrans will expand its use of smart irrigation systems to help save even more water and will stop washing their vehicles unless the dirty trucks pose a safety hazard.  Even then they will use as much recycled water to cut down on usage even more.