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Residential Water Conservation and Adaptation

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Rain barrel and waterwise rain garden

There are many actions that individuals can take in their homes to help reduce water use. These actions can range from simply being more conscious of water use to reusing water for multiple purposes or installing more water efficient appliances and waterwise landscaping. There are options available for renters and homeowners alike. 

Additionally, as more precipitation comes in the form of rain, there will be reduced snowmelt and water availability in summer and early fall and increased need to capture rainfall; while meeting this need may require large infrastructure changes, smaller distributed infrastructure such as rainwater catchment can also help meet some of this demand and in many cases, with a lower environmental impact. Rainwater catchment systems can help provide residents with needed water while reducing demand on surface and groundwater resources during times of high demand and low supply.