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WATER
 

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Repair leaky faucets and toilets promptly.  A leaky faucet can waste between 300 and 4,000 gallons of water per month.  A leaking toilet can waste as much as 2,700 gallons daily.

Don't over water lawns; excess water just runs off anyway.  It's time to water when grass is dull gray-green or if footprints remain visible.  It is much better to water slowly and thoroughly, rather than frequently.*

Use a small pan of cold water when cleaning fruits and vegetables rather than running water.  Save the water for your plants--they will love the nutrients.*

   Efficient landscaping can save between 40 and 90% of the water used in a traditional garden.  Trickle or drip garden irrigation systems can use 80 to 90% less water than hose or sprinkler methods.  "Xeriscape," one of the most popular and water-efficient forms of landscaping, incorporates intelligent and attractive landscape design utilizing native/adapted vegetation which requires less water, and limitation of lawn size to save both water and energy.  Xeriscape plants are drought-tolerant and more resistant to disease and damaging insects.  They also provide year-round color as well as excellent wildlife habitat.*

You dump it, you drink it!  Tips for protecting our drinking water:

Do not pour automotive waste, household cleaning products, fertilizers, or pesticides into storm drains, streams, rivers, or on the street or sidewalk. 

Keep animal wastes, lawn trimmings, and other urban debris out of street gutters and storm drains. 

      Do not hose brake fluid, oil, grease, or antifreeze into the street.  They eventually reach local stream, rivers, ponds, and lakes.  Clean up spilled items responsibly.