Don’t be too surprised if you see greener lawns in California these days.
The mandatory drought rules in effect throughout the state over the last year have largely gone out the window.
Until recently, state officials set conservation standards between 4 to 36 percent for the 411 water districts in the state. Now, water districts are setting their own rules and the vast majority are ditching mandatory cutbacks.
Click on the dots to see water districts' new mandatory conservation rules
More than 80 percent of the state’s water districts say they can handle a severe drought similar to the past three years. That’s the “stress test” the State Water Resources Control Board required them to do. The board is not vetting the stress test plans individually.