It’s become a badge of honor in light of the drought: a drought-friendly lawn, according to officials with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Los Angeles Times reports. This led to a slew of people signing up for turf-removal rebates, which exhausted funds for the rest of the year. Officials are glad to see the demand, since 50 percent of household water is used on lawns. But some critics say too much money is being spent on something residents would eventually do themselves.

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