LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Firefighters across the city of Los Angeles will no longer water grass at fire stations in an effort to fight the drought, authorities announced Thursday.
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) will join a statewide movement to conserve water by allowing all green grass at its stations to turn brown, according to LAFD spokespman Peter Sanders.
In conjunction with city efforts, 55 LAFD fire stations have installed drought-tolerant landscaping, artificial turf, or have removed grass altogether, Sanders said.
The LAFD is also working with city General Services and community support groups to develop a turf replacement program for all fire stations over the next three years.
“The Los Angeles Fire Department remains committed to the sustainability of the entire City,” LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said. “We will undertake all possible measures to conserve water and are proud to stand with Angelenos in declaring that brown is the new green.”
In addition to landscaping, the LAFD also plans to conduct a survey and seek funding for the installation of low flow shower heads and low flow toilets where necessary, according to Sanders.