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KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – CONSERVING WATER DURING DROUGHT
With the severe drought in Chicago and the entire Midwest, it's good to try and conserve as much water as we can during this time.

Using a porous material for walkways, such as pavers or gravel instead of solid cement or asphalt, rainwater will be able to soak into the ground slowly and avoid water running off into the sewer.

Collect the little bit of rain we're getting in rain barrels for use in your containers and garden. Plants love the warmer non-treated rain water and you save money on water too.

Water lawns and gardens early in the morning or early evening when you will lose less to evaporation.

You can save gallons of water a day by fixing faucets that leak.

When you wash your car, use a bucket of water instead of leaving the hose run the entire time.

Use water-wise shower heads designed to conserve water. These shower heads are not expensive and will save a hefty amount of water. Become more efficient in the shower, no more than 5 minutes.

Catch water that typically goes down the drain for other uses. The water you collect while waiting for the water to heat can be used for your plants or washing floors and such.

Run your washing machine and dishwasher only with full loads. Doing such during off-peak hours will also help energy sources.

 KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2012 6:18 PM by Dean's Team

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