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    The average person uses about 88 gallons of water per day. In the United States as a whole, we use over 27 billion gallons of water and 87% of it comes from public suppliers. While the Earth may be covered in water, conservation is an important issue. If you’re concerned about water conservation, here are some easy ways to decrease your water usage this summer. Easy Ways to Conserve Water this Summer
    Down in the part of Texas where I live, we often deal with drought and water restrictions during the hot summer months.

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    We save the condensed water that comes off the AC and use it to water the garden. In the height of summer we can get 3 gallons a day.

    We also have rain barrels... unfortunately not enough rain to fill them.
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    Nothing major. Just the ordinary frugal stuff.

    Don't leave water on while brushing teeth. Toothpaste first then wet brush.
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    Navy showers (hop in, get wet, turn water off -- soap up, turn water on to rinse). . . save shower water for flushing toilet.

    I have an old wringer washer -- I wash all clothes in the same water, and rinse in tubs with the same rinse water. Start with whites, then colors, then sheets, then towels , then jeans and anything nasty like dog blankets, etc. Save the water for watering the garden.

    I hand wash dishes in a pan. . . save the water for watering the garden.

    Unless we are really sweaty or really dirty - we wear clothes more than once, before washing.

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    Nothing, water is include in the rent. Our new house is on a well so I don't think we will be going out of our way to conserve water there either. However, I want a water catchment system so we can catch the rain water for the garden. We do that now buy only with a few buckets and a plastic wheelbarrow.

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    We are also on a well so not especially conservative with water. We also don't live in an arid or highly populated area.

    I do collect snow in the winter to use with our AeroGardens. They require either soft water or distilled water and can't use well water. I fill a plastic 30 gallon trash can with clean snow, which results in about 5 gallons of soft water. A mature AG can use a couple gallons per week or more, and we usually have several gardens running at once. Since distilled water is $1/gallon here, savings add up fast using free snow.

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    Bermuda grass...I had 1950s established bermuda grass lawn so felt no need to change. Is green during spring and goes yellow but it's just fine at another rain.

    Fescue is softer lawn but REALLY water demanding.

    Rocks and cactus, succulents yard...pave it or even put down indoor/outdoor green carpet where dog uses bathroom. Keeps the mud out...Just rinse grass with water hose weekly. Dead grass works fine for dog bathroom anyway. Once you got grass thick, just let it die...Male dog will pee on the fence anyway so less mess...Dogs can be trained to use same part of yard for bathroom...Just give them treats after using that part of grass...Give hotdog pieces for right results.

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    I also live in Texas and I love to garden. I water my vegetable garden daily. I use my used laundry water for my garden. I make my own nontoxic cheap laundry detergent( castile soap and washing soda). I never water the grass/shrubs.
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