Being water wise at home and in the garden has always been a goal, but now it is mandated by the state and local government. Take a look at the rules and tips offered by the City of Monrovia website:
While you're at it, also take a look at some of the terrific books on cutting down on water use on the shelves of the Monrovia Public Library.
To keep the lawn and barely water it, or tear it out and put it something less thirsty and more sustainable? This challenge is answered by Reimagining the California Lawn by Carol Bornstein, a reliable and helpful guide to planning how yards can exist and look great without grass. Plant descriptions, design tips and hundreds of color photos will inspire readers who are debating what to do.
The title says it all--The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Reuse and Capture Water in Your Home and Landscape is by Laura Allen who heads Graywater Action, the organization that helps residents and businesses develop budget-minded ways to use and save water.
The California drought did not appear overnight. Take the time to read its history. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner is a classic investigation into how land without water resources was developed through crafty politics, engineering feats and ill-advised water policies.