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Los Angeles Thinks Giant Slip N' Slide Is Great Idea During Drought

A 1,000 ft. Slip N' Slide has been approved to run down the streets of Downtown LA in September despite California facing its most severe drought emergency in decades.

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An event called "Slide the City" plans on making it's way to Downtown LA September 27th, running it's 1,000 ft. slip n' slide down Olive Street between 3rd and 6th Streets, according to Downtown News.

While the idea of paying $15 for a single-ride down the slide has excited many throughout LA, a large majority are also upset about the reckless use of water in the face of one of the worst droughts California has ever witnessed.

Slide the City plans on taking it's 1,000 ft. Slip N' Slide to various locations in drought-ridden California

That's over 3 football fields in length...
Slide the City / Via slidethecity.com

That's over 3 football fields in length...

After three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall, California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades. More than 80% of California is in extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and the state's condition isn't expected to improve in the near future.

And despite Governor Jerry Brown officially declaring a drought emergency in January, urging California residents to cut water use by 20% and directing state agencies to start taking steps to ease the effects of water shortages; some districts — "actually used more, prompting a 1 percent increase in water use statewide."

"Latest figures indicate more than 80% of the state is in extreme drought, or worse, exceptional drought."

Alvaro Valiño / Via io9.com

Many Californians are facing statewide rationing with fines of up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and washing cars, while water cops are being hired and fines imposed.

Yet despite all this, Slide the City encourages you to, "bring your water balloons, buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked" while continuing their nationwide tour to other Californian cities such as San Diego, Orange County, San Jose and San Francicso.

However many citizens are starting to express their concern:

Such as this care2 petition created by Karina Soto, which already had 485 signatures hours after it was created Saturday night.
Via thepetitionsite.com

Such as this care2 petition created by Karina Soto, which already had 485 signatures hours after it was created Saturday night.

And others posting their concerns to Mayor Eric Garcetti

Via his "Report a Problem" feature on his website.
Via lamayor.org

Via his "Report a Problem" feature on his website.

It will be interesting to see how the City of Los Angeles responds especially after 20 million gallons of water were lost in a Westwood water main break near UCLA on July 29, 2014.
Via buzzfeed.com

It will be interesting to see how the City of Los Angeles responds especially after 20 million gallons of water were lost in a Westwood water main break near UCLA on July 29, 2014.

More to come...

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