July 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

California couple who scale back watering due to drought warned for having brown lawn

Glendora, Calif. — A Southern California couple who scaled back watering due to drought received a letter from the city of Glendora warning that they could face fines if they don’t get their brown lawn green again.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports the letter from the code enforcement bureau says the dry grass could be a “potential public nuisance problem.” Michael Korte and his wife Laura Whitney are told if they don’t revive the lawn they could be hit with up to $500 in fines and possible criminal action.

City Manager Chris Jeffers says the couple has not been cited and called it a friendly letter prompted by a neighbor’s complaint.

On Tuesday — when the couple received the letter — state regulators authorized fines up to $500 for overwatering lawns.