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L.A. Residents Question Plans For A Giant Waterslide During Drought

California is stuck in one of the most severe droughts on record. Is turning a hillside street into a 1,000-foot Slip 'N Slide a good use of resources?

Posted on August 11, 2014, at 8:09 p.m. ET

A plan to transform a L.A. street into a 1,000-foot waterslide is drawing questions about whether it's a responsible use of resources during California's drought.

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The company Slide the City, which hopes to bring a giant waterslide to L.A., hosted one of its "soapy vinyl" water parties in Salt Lake City last month, and similar events are reportedly in the works in 44 other cities.

So far, more than 2,000 people have signed a petition against the slide.

Many who signed the petition called the expected water use irresponsible and questioned how the city could allow it.

Downtown News reported the L.A. event would take place Sept. 27 on hilly Olive Street between Third and Sixth streets. Now the Slide the City website only states that a Los Angeles event is to be determined.

The company could not immediately be reached for comment, but two tweets responded to the complaints of the petition.

@kr_webb @DowntownNews our crew won't be showering or watering our lawns that day to conserve. Oh and may just use the water from a pool.

Slide the City@slidethecity

@kr_webb @DowntownNews our crew won't be showering or watering our lawns that day to conserve. Oh and may just use the water from a pool.

7:42 PM - 09 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We recycle water used on the slide throughout the day,we treat it with pool chemicals, and dispose of it properly #waterconservation

Slide the City@slidethecity

We recycle water used on the slide throughout the day,we treat it with pool chemicals, and dispose of it properly #waterconservation

12:15 PM - 11 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In California, four other cities are also listed as future possible locations. So far, no other dates in the U.S. have been announced.

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California's drought remains a state of emergency, with fines in effect in some areas for excessive water use.

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Contact the reporter: claudia.koerner@buzzfeed.com

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