Water restrictions remain in place in some of the dryer parts of the country to preserve the most precious of resources. The results have been quite positive with water savings exceeding levels that would not have been imagined a few years ago. There have been a few incentives put in place by some local governments but on the whole it has been through an increase of awareness that the improvements have been made.
Some people simply want to save money and have come to the realization that if they use less water they will save more money. With the recent financial crisis every penny has counted and perhaps there has been a commensurate drop in water and power usage as a result.
Talk of rebates on items such as artificial grass has also prompted a few people to rip out the dead or dying front lawn and replaced it with fake grass. The eternal green look of the lawn may have been the incentive for many or maybe it was the fact that the grass no longer needs to be cut. But the bonus for the rest of us is that they won’t be pouring hundreds of gallons of water into the ground to keep it green.