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We're in a drought. Why is it still hard to rip out your lawn in L.A.?
We're in a drought. Why is it still hard to rip out your lawn in L.A.?

For months now California leaders have been telling people to conserve water, let their lawns go brown and switch to drought-tolerant yards. But Los Angeles rules have, in some cases, made it hard to be water wise. Take, for example, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which offers one of the most generous lawn-removal incentives in the state — $3 per square foot of grass replaced by low-water landscape. But the utility requires proof that you're removing a healthy, green lawn in order to qualify for the rebate. So all those responsible, drought-conscious Angelenos who let their lawns wither are out of luck. Or, they turn on the sprinklers again to green their grass...

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