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A Santa Monica city employee washes down the Promenade early Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014. The Promenade is pressured washed daily but much of the water is reclaimed and used to water local parks, a maintenance supervisor said.
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A Santa Monica city employee washes down the Promenade early Tuesday morning. The Promenade is pressured washed daily but much of the water is reclaimed and used to water local parks, a maintenance supervisor said.

Fine programs might work better than incentives as California considers mandatory restrictions for outdoor watering.

The push is on to have Californians use less water.

Southern California Public Radio's Environment Correspondent Molly Peterson told us in yesterday's segment of her series, about how homeowners are being offered cash incentives to rip out their lawns.

This morning, Molly looks at how those programs might work better as California considers mandatory restrictions for outdoor watering.

If you want to see which parts of Southern California are doing better with lawn conversions than others, head to KPCC.org. You can also share photos of your yard, whether it's grass or otherwise, using the hashtag #MyYard.

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