Sacramento businesses are coming up with creative ways to comply with a mandatory city-wide 20 percent water cut.

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Sacramento businesses are coming up with creative ways to comply with a mandatory city-wide 20 percent water cut.

Several restaurants in Midtown are serving up changes to their customers as a way to cut back on water use.

"I noticed that there weren't any glasses of water on the table and then we asked for it, so they brought us some," Capital Dime patron Justin Coldiron said.

The establishment is trying to conserve water by changing some of its practices. The simplest - bringing a glass of water to patrons only if it's requested.

"If all restaurants in California get on board with that, that's a 25,000 gallon of water difference for the state of California in a year," Capital Dime co-owner Noah Zonca said.

In the kitchen, Zonca's employees make sure the dish washer is full before they wash a load. Instead of defrosting with running water, food items are defrosted in the refrigerator.

"I think it's good and it keeps it in the forefront of our minds so that we remember when we go home," Coldiron said.

The water usage reduction program was put in place at several establishments in the Handle District. These are businesses located around Capitol Avenue and 18th, 19th and L streets.

It's just one way some business leaders are responding to the water shortage.

"The amount of water that we use on a daily basis in our restaurants is going to be a lot more than somebody in residential," Zocalo Restaurant Manager Josh Sullivan said.

The establishment is putting similar measures into practice.

"We've run up to our cleaning crew. The idea of using buckets of water to rinse the floor as opposed to using a hose and kind of having that running water going," Sullivan said.

Customers said it's a good thing businesses are setting an example.

"It kind of makes you second think it when they actually ask you if you want water or not," Sacramento resident Christopher Howerton said.

There are currently about a dozen restaurants taking part in this water conservation effort. But businesses hope more restaurants jump on board to do their part to save water.

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