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How to Conserve Water During Summer

July 30, 2013; 10:06 AM ET

As summer temperatures rise, so does the amount of water we use outside. During summer, the average family can use 1,000 gallons of water in a day - some even use up to 3,000 gallons. You would have to leave a garden hose running continuously for almost eight hours to use 3,000 gallons of water!

Viewer Tip: Whether your yard is large or small, there are easy ways to save water this summer.

Photo by: Flickr user Randen Pederson

- Don't over-water. How do you know if your lawn is thirsty? Step on it! If the grass springs back, it doesn't need water. If your footprint lingers, it's time for a drink.

- Water at the right time. The cooler early morning or evening hours are the best times to water your lawn.

- Let it grow. Leave grass longer in the summer to shade roots, reduce water evaporation and reduce weed growth.

- Make necessary repairs. Just one broken sprinkler head can waste up to 25,000 gallons of water over an irrigation season - costing 90 dollars or more on your water bill.

- Clean up wisely. Use a broom to sweep driveways, patios and sidewalks, instead of hosing them off.

Get more tips for a water smart yard in this infographic from the EPA.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "When It's Hot."

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