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Experts Discuss Area's Water Demand, New Growth Patterns

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Impacts from the drought can be felt throughout the Truckee Meadows region. So Thursday, experts talked about our water demand and the new growth patterns we're seeing in our area.

One housing developer is taking matters into his own hands after seeing water go to waste. 

"The vast majority, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent I believe, of the water allocated to a single family residential unit which we have to supply goes to the landscaping," said Perry DiLoreto, developer of DiLoreto Homes.

DiLoreto builds hundreds of properties, all the while, staying water conscious.

"We went a step further with the xeriscape concept, we think we took that to another level," said DiLoreto.

Desert landscaping is required in front of all the homes on his new development, but it's up to the homeowner to decide what they want in their backyard. And you'd be surprised, grass isn't as popular as it once was.

"You can do xeriscaping or grass, whichever you prefer. Myself, I took all xeriscaping and a large patio, simply because I didn't want to have a lot of work," said Marian Lindsey, from Reno.

Her dog Charlie is enjoying his new backyard, much different than his previous home with a lot of grass.     

"Xeriscaping and it has artificial turf so he's got quite a big area to run into," said Lindsey. 

Many of Lindsey's neighbor's have made the same choice as well. 

"We didn't want to have to do the lawnmower thing and the weeds and all that kind of stuff," said Dawn Baldwin, from Reno.

Overall experts say 10 percent water reductions throughout Truckee Meadows are helping our water supply.

John Erwin, Director of Natural Resources for TMWA said, "We're now heading into fall so we're very optimistic about our water supply, at least for the remainder of this year. We're anticipating a lot of snow this upcoming season but it remains to be seen."

Experts are depending on a good snowfall this winter, but they say we all need to do our part and save water in any way we can.

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