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Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District to be at Earth Day event

Saturday, April 24, at the Ross Aragon Community Center, PAWSD Water Conservation Coordinator Mat deGraaf will teach a one-hour workshop about some easy ways to save water and money. This free workshop is part of the Earth Day event sponsored by the Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS).

The PAWSD workshop will focus on residential water use and how small changes now can make a big difference later. For example:

• About 2/3 of indoor water use goes to washing clothes and flushing the toilet. PAWSD offers rebates to purchase high efficiency washing machines and low-flow toilets that save both water and money.

• In the summer months, the watering of lawns and gardens accounts for roughly half of the average residential water bill. Mat deGraaf will talk about ways to lower this use, without sacrificing plant health.

• Last winter, about 1.3 million gallons of treated water were lost due to frozen and broken pipes. Much of this loss could have been avoided with proper (and easy!) winterization. This workshop will teach how.

PAWSD will have prizes and giveaways and loads of information, including xeriscape planting guides and home water audit information. This workshop begins at 12:30 p.m. and is open to audiences of all ages.

For more information on the Earth Day event, visit