The city council of Fresno, California is considering two water-saving moves that make lots of sense – paying homeowners to remove lawns and banning
water-consuming landscaping in new construction.
Fresno has already changed its silly practice of charging residents a flat rate for water no
matter how much they use, though the switch won’t be made til 2013. The Fresno Bee notes that "Fresno
residents use an average of 60 gallons of water a day more than their
neighbors in Clovis, where homes are metered." Now there’s an example of market forces working.