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Parched California Communities Offer 'Cash For Grass'

Los Altos resident Rebecca Lowell let her lawn die over the summer, and is planning to replace it, with the help of a rebate from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. (Daniel Potter/KQED)
Los Altos resident Rebecca Lowell let her lawn die over the summer, and is planning to replace it, with the help of a rebate from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. (Daniel Potter/KQED)

The rain California is getting lately may seem significant, but the state’s historic drought is far from over. One way water companies are nudging homeowners to use less water is by asking them to get rid of their lawns.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Daniel Potter of KQED reports that in some places, they’re even paying people to do it.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District pays homeowners $2 per square foot to tear out their lawn and plant something less thirsty.

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  • Daniel Potter, reporter for KQED. He tweets @hellodanpo.

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