Even with the call for water conservation, many homeowners associations in the state have threatened to fine residents in their community for not keeping a healthy lawn.

However a newly signed bill is offering some relief. 

Homeowners associations can no longer issue fines on residents with dry, brown lawns under legislation that just took effect.

Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2100, and that helps residents who have complained they were being punished for doing their part in reducing the amount of water they use. 

For a about a week, many homeowners have been conflicted.

With new regulations on water use, residents can be fined up to $500 a day for over watering -- or face fines as high as $1,000 from their homeowners association for not watering enough. 

It became such a problem for some residents in Southern California. They resorted to spray painting portions of their lawn to maintain a well kept appearance and to avoid a penalty.

Now, homeowners can allow their lawns to be somewhat of an eye-sore without worrying about additional fines.