Such is the ridiculous nature of some local government ordinances and by-laws, a situation In California has thrown up one of the problems with just trying to do the right thing. While one neighbour was informed that her artificial grass lawn that earned her an award for home-beautification was in violation of a city ban on artificial grass, her neighbour was facing a $50 fine for complying with a state order to conserve water because his lawn was being allowed to wither to brown.

Water in California is a dwindling resource and one of the perfect ways to overcome that problem is to replace your lawn with synthetic grass. After all, something like 70 per cent of a family’s water bill is taken up in landscaping costs.

The ban on artificial grass dates back to the days when the fake grass looked like plastic but those days are well and truly behind us with some artificial grasses looking very much like the real thing. Those cities are beginning to weigh up whether the ban should be lifted.

According to one source, a 750 foot plot of artificial grass can conserve 22,000 gallons of water per year.

The general manager at Western Municipal Water District servicing Southern California cities including Riverside, Corona, and Temecula thinks that the end is in sight for traditional lawn. With an estimated 8 million more people coming into California in the next 20 years and no new water supply available, he thinks it’s a matter of when rather than if.