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Amid drought, Burbank not washing 300 city vehicles

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POSTED November 24, 2014 7:43 p.m.

BURBANK (AP) — To help save water during California’s historic drought, the city of Burbank is getting dirty.

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, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

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 primary message is to remind the public that we are in the worst drought in a century, and it’s not just business as usual,” Burbank spokesman Drew Sugars said.

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

The “Go Dirty for the Drought” campaign was launched in September by the Santa Monica-based environmental organization Los Angeles Waterkeeper.

Supporters are also posting photos and messages to social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #DirtyCarPledge.

Burbank was the second of three cities in California to make the no-wash pledge for their fleets. Santa Monica was the first, committing not to wash or to scale back washing schedules for 300 city vehicles, the Times said. About 200 city buses will get exterior washes only half as often as usual.

Malibu will also participate, but officials are still finalizing the tally of participating vehicles.

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