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Los Angeles County beachgoers will still be able to rinse off the sand and salt after a day at the ocean even though state officials have ordered outdoor showers and rinse stations be shut off at all state parks and beaches.

Although the state owns Dockweiler and Will Rogers state beaches, both are managed by the county’s Department of Beaches and Harbors, which is not required to comply with the water-saving measure.

Craig Sap, superintendent of the Angeles District of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, acknowledged that the agreement at both beaches gives the county full operational jurisdiction. The Parks and Recreation Department handed over jurisdiction of both Dockweiler and Will Rogers state beaches to Los Angeles County in 1975.

“Long before we rolled out this plan to shut off outdoor showers, I contacted both my partners (at Dockweiler and Will Rogers),” Sap said. “I spoke to them and they weren’t going to be shutting them off. They can do that, because they are well within their rights under their operating agreement.”

Carol Baker, spokeswoman for the county Department of Beaches and Harbors, said that the county is currently assessing ways to improve water conservation, but shutting off the outdoor showers is not on the priority list.

“We have to prioritize this in terms for the biggest losses,” Baker said. “Our showers automatically shut off, they have low-flow heads, there’s no hot water, so it’s not inviting to do anything more than rinse off. ... We’ll continue to look at this, but right now, we want to look at where the big water use is.”

The big water use, according to Baker, comes from irrigation systems for beach plants and sink faucets. The county has implemented a variety of measures to reduce water usage during the drought, including adding automatic shut-off valves and low-flow heads to showers and sinks, keeping the water cold and altering the irrigation system. These cutbacks are enough to fulfill Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandate, which requires water users to cut back usage by 25 percent.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation says the shower shutoffs at state-run beaches will help the state conserve more than 18 million gallons of water annually. Since swimmers and surfers returning from state-run beaches can no longer rinse off salt and sand, the state encourages them to use a towel or brush to wipe away sand or to bring tap water from home in a reusable jug.

Carlos Campos of the San Fernando Valley spent Friday at Dockweiler Beach, just west of Los Angeles International Airport, and said he was happy that swimmers will be able to rinse off.

Read more here: Despite California state edict, L.A. County beaches will not turn off showers