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Hearst Castle Drains Neptune Pool

Water will be used to irrigate plants

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014  |  Updated 2:10 PM PDT
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Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool is being drained.

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One of the most iconic tourist attractions in California is feeling the effects of the drought.

The Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon will be drained, and the water will be used to irrigate plants on the property.

The 70-year-old pool leaks and is in need of repairs.

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When it’s full, the pool holds about 345,000 gallons of water.

Work was scheduled to begin over the next few years, but officials elected to drain it now in an effort to alleviate the other problem.

Officials don't believe the empty pool will keep tourists away.

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