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Conserving Water Outdoors This Summer

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 Four dry winters in a row make it more important than ever to conserve water in Northern Nevada. Especially since thirsty yards use four times as much water on average during summer than they use in other months.

With the right type of grass and appropriate fertilizers, local residents could have a healthy yard and only need to water twice a week. That's what Rosie Champagne does and she says her garden is still in great condition.

"I pretty much do everything by hand; I don't have any sprinkling systems or anything. I have a rain barrel that I catch water in and water my plants and that saves a lot of water," says Champagne.

Champagne has even installed hard landscaping in her back yard to conserve even more water; something that Andrew Tucker with The Home Depot says will help more than anything.

"Bark, rock, artificial grass, I mean you can have something that looks like a landscape but actually be a hardscape with artificial grass, so that would cut down on watering, because you wouldn't need that extra watering for the grass," says Tucker.

Items like absorbent soils can help maintain water in the ground and the appropriate watering systems can make watering more efficient than ever.

The Truckee Meadows Water Authority is encouraging all of its customers to cut back on their water usage by at least 10%.
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