The Santa Cruz City Council in California is considering stricter water rules for landscaping at new housing developments and development projects that are remodeled or have additions. The proposal was prompted by a state law mandating that municipalities have stronger landscape conservation ordinances this year. Existing homes or businesses with less than an acre of developed gardens or landscaping would not be affected. Those that have more than an acre will have to conduct an annual water audit to ensure they are not over their permitted use.

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