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California Cemeteries Work To Cope With Drought

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ROSEMEAD (AP) — With their large lawns, cemeteries are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California’s drought.

Replacing grass with native plants or using recycled water are two ways to cope.

With the state in the grip of its worst water crisis in a generation, state officials have asked everyone to cut use by at least 20 percent.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that while some cemeteries have sketched out how they can conserve up to 60 percent, others are having a tougher time identifying ways to save water and still keep their grounds attractive.

Evergreen Cemetery is the oldest in Los Angeles is one. Lacking access to recycled water, its lawns have been mostly brown for several years.

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