California is undergoing the worst drought in its history, but this week a Southern California couple got in trouble for letting their lawn go brown. Reuters reports that Michael Korte and Laura Whitney received a warning from the city of Glendora when they stopped watering the grass: get it green again or face a fine of up to $500. It’s a visual blight on the neighborhood, goes the thinking.
This presents a bit of a quandary for the couple–financial as well as environmental. This week, the state water regulators passed a measure restricting outdoor water use in order to deal with the state’s drought conditions. The new regulations require cities to reduce their water use, and empower municipalities to fine residents up to $500 dollars for overwatering their lawns. One wonders how Kafka would feel in Southern California.