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Translated by Carol Alfonso. In California, water is a limited resource and if we add to that the constantly growing population, it is clear  that we need to work together to get the most out of the water supplies we count on. You can do your part by saving water in and out of your home. Remember that saving water saves us energy and money. Is very easy to do! Tips for saving water inside the home: Only wash full loads in the washing machine.  If you are planning on buying a new washing machine soon, get a brand model that saves both water and energy. Don’t let the water run while you are washing the dishes or brushing your teeth. Use water-saving shower heads and take short showers. Repair leaky faucets and toilets, when the toilet chain valve leaks. It’s an easy problem to solve and stops a huge waste of water. Tips for saving water outside the home: Use a drip irrigation system for your flowers, trees, and garden. Stop irrigating before the water begins to drain, from your garden to the gutter. Learn how to use your automatic sprinkler system and set the timer according to the appropriate local hours for watering. Turn it off during the rainy season and don’t allow the sprinklers to operate while it’s raining. Water your garden early in the morning or late at night to minimize evaporation and don’t use the sprinklers on windy days. Maintain your sprinkler system and repair any leaky piping. Make sure your sprinklers are facing the gardens and not the sidewalks or driveways. Consider replacing a part of your garden with a platform, patio or low-water-consuming plants. The lawn is one of the largest consumers of water in outdoor gardens. Instead of using a hose, use a broom to clean the car and garden driveways. Use your water hose’s shut-off nozzle. Cover the pools and spas in order to help reduce evaporation. By following these simple tips, an average family in California can help in saving a lot of water.  Ornamental gardens with plants and flowers that need little water may require 50 percent less water. We all have to do our part as responsible citizens in our community, so follow these tips to help us all.]]>

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