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Jan 4, 2014 11:14 PM by Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News

SLO Green Build demonstrates ways to conserve water

The Central Coast is seeing severe drought, but one group is promoting different ways to conserve water.

SLO Green Build is a group of tradesman who come together to promote building all green homes and landscaping and conserving water.

They hosted a workshop on Saturday in Cambria to demonstrate a laundry-to-landscape system.

For about $100, they're showing how to install a couple pipes to use the grey water from washing machines to water a home's landscaping.

They say it's so simple, many people can do it themselves.

"It is something that feels great," SLO Green Build Board Member Joshua Carmichael said. "At home, my children love to talk about our grey water system and the fact that when they're washing their hands, they're watering the garden and so everytime you're using the water, you don't feel that you're wasting it. You're essentially using it again."

The event also featured ways to collect and reuse rainwater in your home.

"Rain falls from the sky for free so if you can get capture of that, you do get some benefits, cost savings, and again like you said saving our ground water resources," Carmichael said.

The event took place at the home of Teresa Lees, whose family has recently installed a laundry-to-landscape system and rain collection barrels.

"You know you hear that expression of 'Don't try this at home,' well I'm telling everybody, do try this at home," Lees said.

To find out more about SLO Green Build and download do-it-yourself guides about rain water harvesting and grey water reuse, click here.

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