The more people cut back on their water usage, the more expensive it becomes. With the drought expected to continue even after winter, residents are updating their property with more drought-tolerant yards, including artificial grass.

“What we had just wasn’t sustainable, from a purely financial perspective,” Mr. Hwang said. “Water costs too much now to work the way we always had.” (In his own yard, he replaced grass with artificial turf.)

“It’s not a choice between absolutes, either a lawn or just a cactus and a ponderosa feel,” said Ms. Gutierrez, who recently replaced her yard’s grass with artificial turf.

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