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Replacing turf with water-saving plants
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ROSEVILLE (AP) — Officials in the Placer County city of Roseville have approved a plan to tear up turf on some public property and replace it with water-saving plants amid the state’s historic drought.

The city says the move will conserve 6.9 million gallons of water and $10,000 in irrigation costs annually.

Under the plan, 8,400 square feet of turf at Crestmont Park and 90,000 square feet at a city-owned corporation yard will be replanted with shrubs and small trees.

The project is expected to cost $150,000.

The newspaper says water-use rules imposed on residents and business owners helped Roseville nearly reach its 20 percent reduction goal for 2014.

Roseville is the largest city in Placer County, with more than 127,000 residents.