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

A view of fountains at the Getty Center. Water features such as these have been drained in response to the prologued drought in California.
A view of fountains at the Getty Center. Water features such as these have been drained in response to the prologued drought in California.
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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.

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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.