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Strict new rules to slash lawns to 25 percent of new home landscaping

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| New rules passed by state regulators will limit how much grass Californians can plant at new homes and some larger remodeled ones.

Graywater's future brightening with help from homebuilders

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Graywater, the recycled water collected from your sink, shower or washing machine, is becoming increasingly popular with California’s building industry.

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Time to replace your lawn? We have the lowdown on 8 alternatives

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We've put together a series of popular landscape options, along with information on how they fare against the traditional Californian lawn in five areas.

Food manufacturers look for ways to save water during drought

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California food manufacturers are facing down the drought. One local tortilla company has cut its factory's water use by 12 percent without changing its longtime recipe.

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CA Water utilities resist proposal to report leaks, breaks

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Two big water industry groups oppose a bill to require public and private water agencies to submit annual reports on water lost to leaks and breaks in their pipes.

For landscapers, the drought boom may be over

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State rebates have spurred locals to replace their lawns with drought-tolerant plants. It's been big business for landscapers, but now the money has dried up.

Drought closes part of Joshua Tree trail

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A portion of a trail in Joshua Tree National Park has been closed off to humans. Instead, animals are hitting this trail, searching for water.

California's driest region finds short-term drought aid

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Progress is being made toward bringing water to thousands of Central Valley residents in underserved communities where wells have run dry. The question is how long this solution will last.

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