For months Barbara Meloni's friends tried to convince her to do it. But she balked. She was proud of her lawn. In the upscale Los Angeles suburb of Sherman Oaks, hers is one of the lushest lawns on the block — as smooth as a putting green.
"To keep it in the shape that it's in now, it gets watered twice a day, every day," Meloni says.
For years, she says, it was easy to pretend the drought wasn't happening. But lately the stats have become too stark to ignore. The average California household uses more than 1,300 litres of water per day
, and in some communities as much as 70 per cent of that is sprinkled onto lawns and gardens.