ORANGE, Calif. --
A city of Orange municipal court has put off for two weeks any decision on the couple who tore out their front lawn to save water and violated city codes by doing so. Quan and Angelina Ha were in court on Monday to argue their case. They believed they were saving water and money two years ago by changing their front lawn from grass to wood chips. They have been fighting with the city of Orange ever since.
"I'm taken aback that the city would kind of make us plant something that would take up water resources," Quan Ha said. "We just mainly wanted to use less water."
The couple went from using 300,000 gallons of water a year to 54,000, but city codes are specific, requiring 40 percent of the yard be landscaped with live plants. Wood chips don't qualify.
The court is expected to make a decision in two weeks.