The Golden State's prolonged drought is forcing changes in how residents use water, and one of the victims will be those lush, green lawns that need a lot of water. Late last month, the California Building Standards Commission reduced the amount of water that can be used for many landscapes by 20 percent, pushing developers to adopt landscaping plans with less turf and more drought-tolerant plantings, The Los Angeles Times reports. The changes are in response to Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order requiring builders to use drip or microspray irrigation if they use potable water outside newly built homes, the newspaper said. Read More