Water is a valuable resource, and LPS is committed to utilizing water efficiently and minimizing its use when possible. Even though the district maintains over 498 acres of grass and field turf, LPS takes pride in limiting irrigation to high school athletic fields, along with a few other select facilities, resulting in lower water usage and associated costs. For those areas that are irrigated, LPS follows the limited watering schedule associated with the City Water Restriction Guidelines year-round, regardless of whether mandatory water restrictions are in place.
All of this land can be managed without irrigation, because the district prioritizes vegetation that requires minimal maintenance. Any new plantings on school grounds utilize drought resistant species of trees and shrubs, and new construction projects follow the same guidelines of avoiding water-intensive ground cover.
Along with responsible outdoor water use, LPS continually strives to utilize water efficiently inside our facilities. As such, schools and support buildings are upgraded when possible, with fixtures such as low-flow toilets, sinks, and water fountains, as well as aerated, sensored faucets. New construction projects also prioritize high-efficiency fixtures with the district’s conservative approach in mind.