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California drought brings tighter building codes to cut turf use
California drought brings tighter building codes to cut turf use

Sprawling green lawns around new homes, businesses and schools in California will be a thing of the past under new state building codes approved Friday. The California Building Standards Commission cut the amount of water many landscapes can use by more than 20% and effectively forced developers to plant less turf and more drought-friendly foliage. It's the latest of myriad recent efforts state officials have made to reduce water use to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order to cut urban water use by 25% amid California's fourth year of drought. "This alone won't solve the drought, but over time, as buildings are built and new landscape goes in with...

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