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Burbank to keep city vehicles dirty for drought awareness

A field of almond trees is reflected in an irrigation canal in Firebaugh, Calif., in the San Joaquin Valley in 2009. The Almond Board of California says that in the past two decades, the industry has reduced its water consumption by 33 percent per pound of almonds produced. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

To help save water during California's historic drought, the city of Burbank is getting dirty.

The Los Angeles Times reports more than 300 city vehicles, including police cars and fire trucks, will go unwashed for at least two months as part of a new water conservation program.

However, in the name of safety, Burbank spokesman Drew Sugars says city departments are instructed to keep vehicle windows clean so drivers can see.

City officials have requested that 350 blue stickers reading "Go Dirty for the Drought" be placed in vehicle windows to bring attention to the state's dry spell.

The campaign is run by the Santa Monica-based environmental organization Los AngelesWaterkeeper.

The newspaper says Santa Monica and Malibu have also made the no-wash pledge for their fleets.