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Big Houses, Small Lawns

By Silvia Gutierrez, GMC EDITOR

The gradual loss of a picturesque suburban life becomes more prominent as yet another ordinance is placed in response to the drought. When thousands flocked to Southern California to benefit from the new homes with a luscious lawn and a white picket fence, an image was created. Perhaps no one thought that image would be diminished over 60 years later.

Last month, the California Water Commission passed an ordinance to limit water usage on all new landscapes. For the construction of new homes, grass will be limited to cover only 25% of an entire lawn. As for new commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, grass may be entirely banned.

As the state continues to scramble to conserve water in order to meet Governor Jerry Brown's executive order, upcoming measures will most likely make residents squirm.

When he issued his executive order in April, Brown warned everyone by saying, “The idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day — that's going to be a thing of the past."

Starting Dec. 1, the Commission's goal is to lower water usage at a projected 20% for new homes and 35% for new commercial landscapes. The ordinance disregards recreational areas and new landscapes that will use recycled water to irrigate.

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, all land-use agencies will be required to implement a similar water-efficient landscape ordinance by the end of 2015.

Residents will continue to see drastic changes alter the lifestyle that California once offered.

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