Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the Association of California Water Agencies conference in Sacramento, Calif. on May 6, 2015. State regulators Tuesday ordered communities to slash water use by as much as 36%. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Bloomberg) — California Governor Jerry Brown said residents must reconcile themselves to a more arid way of life to endure a historic drought.

“Things are changing,” Brown told a gathering of water district officials in Sacramento on Wednesday after regulators for the first time required urban water cutbacks. “We need to change, and the drought is a catalyst.”

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