This is part of a weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.
▪ Get a rain gauge.
OK, this passive device may not have seemed that necessary during California’s prolonged drought. But it serves as a visual reminder of just how much water your garden received during a storm. Because rainfall can vary greatly in the greater Sacramento area, a rain gauge gives you a definitive answer to how much rain fell on your garden. If you get an inch of rain from one storm or accumulated during a week, turn off outdoor irrigation for at least seven days.
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