Guideline 8 — Conserving Water in Your Home and Garden

Water is a limited resource, and too much down the drain and on the landscape is wasteful. The average American family uses 320 gallons of water around the house each day. As a Shore Steward, there are many ways you can conserve water in your home and yard. This can save you money and help conserve a precious resource.

Words to know:
Surface Water: Water on the land surface, such as in creeks, rivers, lakes and wetlands.
Ground Water: Water that exists below the ground.
Aquifers: A saturated geologic formation that can hold and produce ‘useable’ quantities of water.
Ecosystems:  a community of living and non-living things that work together.
Permeability:  the state or quality of a material (soil, rock, silt, clay) that causes it to allow liquids to pass through it.

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