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Shorter showers add up to water savings

Published: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 - 12:00 am

This is one part of a new weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.

•  Cut down your shower time.

Even with a water-efficient showerhead, less time in the shower pays off in big water savings. For example, take a 5-minute shower instead of 10 minutes. That saves 12.5 gallons every time you shower. If two people in your home shower every day, those shorter showers add up to 9,125 fewer gallons going down the drain.

Want to save more? Get a 5-gallon bucket to catch shower water while you wait until it warms up. That’s usually 2 to 5 gallons per shower. That “captured” water can then be put to other uses in the home and garden.

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– Debbie Arrington

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