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Water-wise tip: Rinse veggies, water houseplants

Published: Saturday, Jun. 14, 2014 - 12:00 am

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

•  Watch water waste at the kitchen sink.

Stretch your use out of every drop by allowing water to do double duty. When washing produce, fill a pan with water and rinse the fruit and vegetables in the pan instead of under a running faucet. Then, re-purpose the rinse water to give houseplants (or outdoor plants) a drink.

Every minute you turn the faucet off saves 4 gallons. Five minutes means 20 gallons. That adds up to 7,300 gallons a year.

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– Debbie Arrington

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