Water Conservation: HOAs vs. Artificial Turf

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With worsening drought conditions, homeowners are considering installing artificial turf in their yards to help conserve water and to save on their water bills. But for some living in homeowners associations, their good intentions are opposed by the HOAs.

Legislation introduced in Arizona to allow artificial grass.

In Phoenix, a Paradise Valley homeowner says her HOA wants to fine her because she installed artificial grass. Arizona Representative John Kavanagh (R) has introduced House Bill 2131Opens in a new tab., hoping to prevent HOAs from fining or restricting other residents from installing artificial turf.  According to Kavanagh, 90% of a household’s water bill is for watering grass. Kavanagh’s bill has passed committee and faces a full House vote.

“Turf war” legislation in Colorado resolved.

Last year in Colorado, a Broomfield HOA was forcing a family to tear out artificial turf that they had just installed. Colorado Representative Rep. Brianna Titone  (D) and others introduced House Bill 1229Opens in a new tab., which passed the state legislature on a bi-partisan basis.  The state governor signed it into law on July 2, 2021.



Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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