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Water-wise tip: Use a broom

Outdoor red broom for house work on concrete wall background. sweeping the sidewalk
Outdoor red broom for house work on concrete wall background. sweeping the sidewalk Bigstock

This seems so old-school, but using a broom to sweep down your driveway and sidewalks saves a lot of water. How much? One study from the Metropolitan Water District in Southern California estimated that sweeping instead of washing down pavement saves on average 150 gallons every time you clean. If you sweep once a week, that’s 7,800 saved gallons a year.

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