Skip to comments.California couple conserving water amid drought could face fine for brown lawn
Posted on 07/18/2014 3:26:01 PM PDT by grundle
(Reuters) - A Southern California couple who scaled back watering their lawn amid the state's drought received a warning from the suburb where they live that they might be fined for creating an eyesore - despite emergency statewide orders to conserve.
Michael Korte and Laura Whitney, who live near Los Angeles in Glendora, said on Thursday they received a letter from the city warning they had 60 days to green up their partially brown lawn or pay a fine ranging from $100 to $500.
"I don't think it's right for us to start pouring water into our lawn in the middle of July during a drought," said Whitney. "We're kind of in a quandary about what to do."
The letter, bearing the official symbols of Glendora and its police department, came the same week that statewide water regulators passed emergency drought restrictions for outdoor water use. Those regulations, to take effect this August, require cities to demand cutbacks in water use, and empower them to fine residents up to $500 for overwatering their lawns.
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“”We’re kind of in a quandary about what to do.”
In Soviet USA you get fined for using too much water and fined for having brown lawn, next year you move to apartment... Where you get fined to flying american flag... Then you move to Van down by the river and get fined for parking on a wet land... Pretty soon you get fined for living in carboard box that is not made out of recycled carboard...
Were kind of in a quandary about what to do.
(Russian Accent) The EPA fine you for spilling paint on ground...
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In Soviet America, lawn soak you!
Oh they did the same thing to us in Basic Training. One Sergeant would tell us to do something and then another would tell us to do the opposite. The first would come back and punish us for not doing what he told us to do. We eventually came out of it as trained killers, so no worry.
CA. just took in how many Illegals that will use on average of 150 gallons a day! Typical Libtards!
Station a couple of code enforcement types down the street. As soon as he goes to water the lawn, hit him with another water fine. Then increase his water rates...
Yard painting, sort of. Very cheap to accomplish
Dig it up. Cover it with gravel and plant cactus.
Oops! I wasn't really talking about water.
Yep - a very relevant quote indeed.
The letter was also on Police letterhead. This is a slippery slope when cops with guns are involved in such trivial matters.
See a lot of that around Los Feliz.
I have lived in So Cal. It prob will not rain till Nov there so Brown will be Brown! They may be lucky if it’s not just dirt by DEC!
“Dig it up. Cover it with gravel and plant cactus”
Canberra where I spent the Holidays last year, has basically the same weather as North Texas so when they started water restrictions this year in Fort Worth I wrote a letter to my HOA suggesting the same landscape as in Canberra....Gravel and drought resistant plants. They wouldn’t even discuss it. Gravel and cactus people said was a desert landscape and North Texas is rolling meadows.
Yes there was Astroturf also but the really pretty yards had gravel and lots of rose bushes. I loved walking around the neighborhood because there were so many pretty landscapes.
That’s California for you. Screwed if you do, fscrewed if you don’t.
Hopefully the stupid council doesn’t make people landscape to fit the local “environment” - stupid, one says water and we’ll fine you, the other says to water your lawn or we’ll fine you. It’s about time that ..... *sigh* - never happen.
Use their toilet and grey water. Just collect it in a bucket and swill the lawn every night.
My guess is the natural brown of the lawn would become acceptable almost immediately.