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The Top Ten Ways To Save Water, according to Mono Lake Committee:
1. Water your lawn only when it needs it. Step on your grass. If it springs back, when you lift your foot, it doesn't need water. So set your sprinklers for more days in between watering. Saves 750-1,500 gallons per month. Better yet, especially in times of drought, water with a hose. And best of all, convert your lawn to native plants.
2. Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints. Saves 20 gallons per day for every leak stopped.
3. Don't run the hose while washing your car. Use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end. Saves 150 gallons each time. For a two-car family that's up to 1,200 gallons a month.
4. Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors. Saves 500 to 800 gallons per month.
5. Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. Saves 300 to 800 gallons per month.
6. Shorten your showers. Even a one or two minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons per month.
7. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. Saves 150 gallons or more each time. At once a week, that's more than 600 gallons a month.
8. Don't use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Saves 400 to 600 gallons per month.
9. Capture tap water. While you wait for hot water to come down the pipes, catch the flow in a watering can to use later on house plants or your garden. Saves 200 to 300 gallons per month.
10. Don't water the sidewalks, driveway or gutter. Adjust your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden where it belongs--and only there. Saves 500 gallons per month.
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Last fall, the Green Team held a meeting in Carl Sunshine's sukkah. The subject, water-wise gardening. To help save water, Carl had his whole yard changed, including taking out a swimming pool, installing new sprinklers and putting in many plants, many natives, and all of them requiring much less water than the traditional lawn.
How important is this? About 60% of our potable water is used on landscape irrigation in California. Reducing that amount by over 75 % could have a huge impact on our water supply and energy use since 20% of the electricity in the state is used to move water from there to here.
For those interested in more information and resources about water-wise gardening, check the following.
- TreePeople.org - a monthly journal on topics such as lawns, composting, drip irrigation, choosing plants among others.
NATIVE PLANTS - both information and purchasing.
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