Bottom Line: Landscaping is using 50-70 percent of [California] potable water. Since water is for people (not lawns), luxury landscapes should come with luxury water bills!
Better yet, governments should encourage and perhaps mandate the use of drought resistant lawns and landscapes. Having lush lawns of green grass in semi-arid or desert areas, especially during droughts, now borders on irresponsible and in a few years as the water shortages worsen will probably be viewed by most as near-criminal. It’s a practice that is right up there with building more golf courses in the Palm Springs area even as their water table drops precipitously.