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Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California’s drought.

Ways to cope include replacing grass with native plants or using recycled water, two steps being taken by Savannah Memorial Park, the oldest nonsectarian cemetery in Southern California.

Groundskeepers there removed grass, put in native plants and started to cover the ground with mulch, which helps keep soil moist.

With the state in its worst water crisis in a generation, state officials have asked everyone to cut use by at least 20 percent.