Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Thursday announced it has joined a statewide movement to conserve water by allowing all green grass at its fire stations to turn brown.

“Effective immediately, Los Angeles city firefighters will no longer water grass at stations,” LAFD spokesman Peter Sanders said.

The LAFD is working with the city and community groups, to develop a turf-replacement program for all fire stations over the next three years. Several dozen stations already have “drought tolerant” landscaping.

“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.”

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, Terrazas said.

—City News Service

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