Artificial turf: It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t story

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December 1, 2023 — In an effort to conserve water, homeowners have been installing artificial turf, some even fighting their homeowners associations in order to do so.

Now, a small piece in Yahoo NewsOpens in a new tab. says that one California city doesn’t want its residents installing fake grass.  The MillbraeOpens in a new tab. City Council in California unanimously implemented measures to stop residents from installing artificial turf because the synthetic material contains dangerous “forever chemicals.”

CleanWater.orgOpens in a new tab. writes, “PFAS chemicals have been dubbed ‘forever chemicals’, because they are extremely persistent, lasting thousands of years. Every American tested has PFAS in their blood. That’s a problem because very small doses of PFAS increase the risk of a wide variety of health problems, including kidney and testicular cancer, liver problems, high cholesterol, and immunosuppression.”

On properties that already have artificial turf installed, the ordinance is calling for the fake grass to be replaced by January 1, 2028.  Yahoo News reports, “The state of California as a whole is looking to ban synthetic grassOpens in a new tab., with Democrats looking to pass a bill that would discourage the take-up of this once-touted lawn solution.”  The report suggests that the ban may become federal.

Rather than installing artificial turf, officials are advocating drought tolerant landscaping.





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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