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As California enters its third year of drought, the state has issued mandates on using drinking water for certain types of watering. The San Diego County Water Authority is offering many incentives to encourage conservation during statewide drought.

State Regulations Ban Watering of Non-functional Grass

As of May 24, 2022, new statewide regulations prohibit watering decorative grass in common areas of subdivisions and homeowners associations, as well as on commercial, industrial, and institutional properties. The watering ban applies to non-functional turf grass defined as grass that is “solely ornamental” and not regularly used for recreational purposes or community events. The restriction does not apply to yards at individual homes and includes exemptions for sports fields and grassy areas made for community gatherings. Watering trees is allowed and encouraged. Enforcement of the state regulations is at the discretion of the local water agency.