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H2NO: San Diego Going Dry

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San Diego Speaks: No Grass?

KPBS reporter Sharon Heilbrunn asks whether we should be using so much water to grow grass in San Diego County.

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Yanking Out Lawns Saves Water and Money

June 24, 2009 | By Ed Joyce

It only took a few water bills last summer to change the attitudes of Scripps Ranch homeowners Meg Kaufman and Norm Bornstein. They pulled out their lawn and replaced it with water conservation landscaping.

The San Diego County Water Authority says nearly 60 percent of our drinking water is used for lawns and other landscaping. Mandatory outdoor water restrictions means some lawns will go brown this summer. But, as KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us, some people are pulling up their grass. It's part of our week-long series: "H2NO: San Diego Going Dry."


California Companies Could Do More To Save Water

May 29, 2009 | By Ed Joyce

California Companies Could Do More To Save Water

A new report from an environmental group says California businesses have the tools to save enough water to meet the annual needs of San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.


San Diegans Urged to Conserve Water

May 2, 2008 | By KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Water Authority is taking its conservation message to radio and TV. The advertising campaign is intended to drive home the message that we live in dry times. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.