The lack of water in California is so bad, the state has required an emergency reduction in water usage of up to 25%. Up until now, the state had been focused on fining residents who didn’t reduce water usage, but now the state is making it easier. For those interested in replacing their water guzzling lawn with artificial grass or other drought-tolerant landscapes, the law now protects them from restrictions from home owners associations.

“Across the state, Californians are making great strides to reduce their water use and hit aggressive benchmarks for conservation, and this new common sense law will give homeowners one more way to save as this drought continues,” Gonzalez said. “The grass may be fake, but the amount of water a homeowner can save by installing it is very real.”

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