Water Watch

Jun 25, 2014 7:50 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

State Parks to close public restrooms at Hearst Castle

California State Parks officials say public restrooms at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center will be closed starting on Monday, July 7. It's part of an effort to conserve water during the drought.

Thirty-eight portable chemical toilets will be placed at the Visitor Center for the public's use. There will also be at least six hand sanitizer stations available.

State Parks officials say the closure of the restrooms is expected to reduce water consumption by 40-50%.

Other water-saving measures reportedly in place at Hearst Castle include a halt on the planting of new annual plants, irrigation done mostly by hand, extra mulch placed in the gardens, and the elimination of vehicle washing.

State Parks has also closed the restrooms in the Santa Rosa Creek, Leffingwell Landing and Washburn day-use areas, and showers are no longer available at the San Simeon Campground.

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