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California Cuts Grass Watering Down as Drought Dries West

Water flies from a sprinkler on a lawn in Sacramento, Calif., on July 8, 2021. The State Water Resources Control board voted Tuesday, May 24, 2022, to ban watering turf and to require local water districts to adopt more aggressive conservation measures. The board's vote came a day after Gov. Gavin Newsom urged local water districts to do more to save water. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
Water flies from a sprinkler on a lawn in Sacramento, Calif., on July 8, 2021. The State Water Resources Control board voted Tuesday, May 24, 2022, to ban watering turf and to require local water districts to adopt more aggressive conservation measures. The board's vote came a day after Gov. Gavin Newsom urged local water districts to do more to save water. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- Grass in office parks, on college campuses or in some California neighborhoods will go brown this summer after state water officials adopted a ban Tuesday on watering certain green spaces as the state's drought drags on.

The ban adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board follows Gov. Gavin Newsom's plea for Californians to use less water or face broad, mandatory restrictions on water use. The board also voted to require local water districts to adopt stricter conservation measures, though they are locally designed to meet different community needs. Many of those rules place further limits on how often people can water their yards.