LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 The Los Angeles Department
of Water and power has installed sprinkler systems to water
artificial turf laid down in place of grass at several of its
substations during California's four-year drought, a local TV
station reported on Friday.
KCBS-TV, which captured videotape of sprinklers spraying the
fake grass at the DWP's substation in south Los Angeles for six
minutes, said that the move angered nearby residents who had
been threatened with citations for wasting water.
"They're quick to fine us for certain things, overwatering
or whatever," resident Amber Gordon told the station, adding
that she has allowed her lawn to go brown to save water during
A DWP media representative could not immediately be reached
for comment by Reuters.
Richard Harasick, director of water operations at the DWP,
told KCBS that the department waters artificial turf at 10
locations for a few minutes a week to keep it clean and wash
away dog urine.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Alan Crosby)