SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The grass at Sacramento International Airport may be greener than you’d expect during the drought, but a spokeswoman says the airport is still meeting its water-saving goals.

When you look around the airport, you’ll see patches of green grass that looks healthy and lush. But airport authorities say it’s not because of over-irrigation, but other measures.

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“We’ve done it by careful use of water and optimum time,” said spokeswoman Laurie Slothower. “Late in the evening, early in the morning for reducing evaporation.

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In fact, she says the airport’s water usage has gone down 30 percent over the last year. They put a priority on repairing and maintaining sprinkler and drip lines. As new landscaping comes in, it’s planted with an eye toward drought-tolerance.

“Behind you can see all this landscaping, when Terminal B went in, we took this back from asphalt, nine acres, so we have that much more water going back into the aquifer to use for irrigation,” she said.

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While indoor water use can be improved through the use of low-flow toilets, outside landscaping at the airport is watered using non-potable water.