Despite the majority of California being on track to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for a 25% reduction in water use, some areas are struggling to meet the target … and for good reason. Consider Palm Springs, a resort town in the middle of the desert – an oasis really, – and the reality of what a water reduction means to the economy there.
Palm Springs attracts people looking for hot weather, golf, and swimming pools – a reduction in water usage could impact the oasis-like quality Palm Spring has built a reputation around.
For residents, the reality is a little easier to deal with and many are seeking out artificial grass, native plants, and other drought-tolerant landscaping.
“We can’t use water like drunken sailors the rest of our lives here,” said Bob Smith, a 64-year-old civil engineer who used some of the rebates to help replace the grass in his Rancho Mirage home next to a golf course.
Read the full story at Wall Street Journal.