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The university says the move will save 6.5 million gallons of water annually.

UCLA doing its part in response to the California drought


Friday, June 12, 2015, 5:13 - UCLA reopened its Intramural Field Wednesday, following a six-month renovation to replace the grass with artificial turf in an effort to preserve water.

The university says the move will save 6.5 million gallons of water annually. It says the switch helps save water during California's historic drought and meets the university's sustainability goals. 

The change is also expected to cut costs and downtime needed for maintenance.


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In the past, UCLA says its recreation department had to shut down the field several months a year to replace worn and dying grass and dry out the field after rain. 

The university says the seven acres of synthetic turf makes the field usable all year -- meeting the increasing needs of club sport teams.

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