The Drought Is So Bad in Calif. That People Are Painting Lawns Green

At least one gym in California is trying to conserve water during what is called the state's worst drought in nearly four decades with a technology appropriate for its Silicon Valley setting.Almaden Valley Athletic Club in San Jose, California, started using a trademarked product this week that coats brown lawns into green grass with paint."The members love it so much," he said. "They love the concept of it, so we display brochures," he said.The product that coats the grass is called Green Canary and it's described on the company website as an "eco-friendly solution to dried, dormant or diseased grass." The company claims on its site that it is waterproof, non-toxic and "safe for children, elderly and pets."The company did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.Griffith-Jones said Green Polymer Systems asked the gym to first let its grass turn fully brown before the treatment is applied. Otherwise, the treatment would create two tones of green on the lawn. So the gym stopped using its sprinklers about two weeks ago.The gym still waters the lawn to keep the roots alive, but it uses only 10 percent of its former sprinkler use, Griffith-Jones said.What if the gym's management wants to return to naturally green grass?"If and when we decide to stop using the pigment -- the grass is still alive--we can mow off the paint," he said.-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 24719035. href='http://abcnews.go.com/Business/drought-bad-calif-people-painting-lawns-green/story?id=24719035' - http://abcnews.go.com/Business/drought-bad-calif-people-painting-lawns-green/story?id=24719035 -