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City Councilman is Violating the Water Conservation Law on Purpose

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Los Angeles City Councilman Greig smith has brought up some legitimate points in the recent drought-related debates, but his most recent announcement about his scofflaw watering may be pushing it. Yesterday at a committee meeting, the Northwest Valley representative said he was challenging the current water laws by watering his lawn three times a week for 8 minutes. "And my grass is greener than it's ever been, and I bet I'm using less water," he said.

Current law allows for lawn watering twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Residents in his district have complained over the summer saying that the limit was turning their lawns brown.

What's wrong with this picture? For one, to be living in one of the hottest parts of the city, which is located in a desert anyway, and try to maintain a lawn is a pretty ridiculous notion.