On Oct. 14, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law
AB 1572, state legislation banning the use of potable water for the irrigation of non-functional turf on commercial, industrial, municipal and institutional properties. Introduced by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Burbank), the bill was co-sponsored by Metropolitan, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Heal the Bay. The bill exempts multi-family residential properties, properties that irrigate decorative or non-functional turf using recycled water and turf used for recreational purposes.
“Today California embarks on a new chapter for water supply resiliency,” said General Manager Hagekhalil. “Up to 70 percent of all water used in Southern California is for outdoor irrigation, much of it on lawns that are never walked on or played on. We can no longer use our precious water resources on grass that serves no functional purpose.”
Read the press release.