Environment & Science

Major Whittier cemetery to use entirely recycled water

Photo: The Rose Hills cemetery's famed neon sign, just lit up as the sun starts to set. Credit: Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Photo: The Rose Hills cemetery's famed neon sign, just lit up as the sun starts to set. Credit: Maya Sugarman/KPCC
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

A sprawling 700-acre cemetery in Southern California has announced it will all recycled water to irrigate its lawns.

The Pasadena Star-News reports that Rose Hills Memorial Park announced Wednesday that all water used to water its grass and run through decorative fountains will be recycled by the end of the year.

The cemetery, which is the largest in the country, used to use 293 million gallons of potable water a year. Officials say the switch should save enough drinking water for 2,000 to 3,000 homes.

Officials say the recycling effort began 23 years ago with an agreement with the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts to bring waste water treated up in a separate delivery system.