Water Supply
Turn water wasters with green lawns into a revenue stream

To the editor: The Times' regular reporting on the many terrible impacts of our drought has brought me to the conclusion that maybe it's time, as a society, for us to decide that the common good dictates we must use our precious water for drinking and growing food — and that green lawns are a luxury we can't afford. ("Coalition forms to manage California's groundwater," Column, July 20) Imagine how much revenue would be generated if we ticketed homes and businesses with green lawns. And what a slam-dunk to regulate: You wouldn't have to drive around hoping to get lucky and find someone hosing down her driveway and slap her with a $500 fine. That...