Many San Diegans are making the big decision to tear up their lawns and replace them with drought resistant gardens. The Rightmyer family is hoping to cut their water use by more than 20% by just replacing their lawn. Just in California lawns soak up about 1.5 million acre-feet of water per year – equal to the amount used by 3 million typical homes.

“Californians should end their love affair with lawns, said water officials, lawmakers, conservationists and landscapers.”