The hot summer is a good time to think seriously about the water we consume in our daily lives, and how we can reduce the amount we use.  With climate change, the future portends higher temperatures and, in some areas, droughts, so saving nature’s gift of water for other creatures is an important way to help.  Consider all the simple and smart steps you can take to trim your use of water—by taking shorter showers, replacing your old toilets and shower heads with low-usage models, putting low-flow aerators on your faucets, making sure the dishwasher is completely full before running it, and minimizing water use in your garden by planting drought-tolerant native species, watering early or late in the day when it’s cooler, and installing timed drip irrigation systems where needed.  While reducing your water bills, you’ll be keeping more water in our aquifers, rivers, and lakes to sustain healthy bird habitats!


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