Drought: Getty shuts the tap on ponds, fountains to save water

86863 full
86863 full

If you visit either of the Getty's two museums this weekend, you'll notice something different: they're drier than usual. The arts organization drained most of its pools and fountains this week to conserve water during the ongoing drought.

That means the Getty Villa's picturesque reflecting ponds and the Getty Center's impressive fountains will be bone dry. Officials say the move will help save 2,500 gallons of water a day.

RELATED: The life — and death — of a surprise drought measure

Ponds keeping fish and plants alive will stay wet, as will Robert Irwin's famous Central Garden at the Getty Center.

This news comes the same week as the U.S. Drought Monitor announced that nearly a third of California is now dealing with exceptionally dry conditions.

blog comments powered by Disqus