Conserving water in your landscape


 Prior to last week’s moisture, the snowpack for our area was just over 40 percent. Here in Colorado, where we rely on snowpack to renew our moisture supply, low snowpack can result in drought and potentially hazardous fire conditions. This is just one more reminder of the value of a plentiful water supply.

Water supply managers estimate that a typical household needs approximately 150,000 gallons to satisfy the demands of a home and lawn. In fact, many Colorado residents use over 170 gallons of water per capita per day. With water being so valuable to our well-being, conservation is vital to enhancing the efficiency of water use in and around our homes.

The following information describes ways to reduce water consumption in the landscape. Next week, I will focus on how we can conserve water within our homes.

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