Watering lawns unconstitutional in California?

07/23/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A persistent drought may spell the end of California's decades-long population boom, even as state lawmakers grapple with draconian measures to ration the once-plentiful water resource. Some water districts in Southern California already have cut agricultural deliveries by 30%, and urban consumers could soon face rate hikes of 20%. Meanwhile, some environmental groups are arguing that Californians who water their lawns are violating "the state's constitutional mandate that water be put to beneficial use to the maximum possible extent and that waste or unreasonable use be prevented."

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