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Couple saves 10,000 gallons of water per month with simple household adjustments

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 With Gov. Brown's recent water mandate, many people are looking for ways to reduce their water use. 

One Central Coast couple pays only 20 dollars a month for water by going the extra mile to conserve water. 

To put it in perspective, the average family of four uses about 12,000 gallons of water per month. 

However, this Atascadero family uses less than 2,000 gallons. 

Russell said it is as simple as collecting water in a bucket. 

"If you have a bucket, you can save water," Russell said. 

But these two are taking water conservation one step further. 

The couple moved their washer outside and hooked it up to a 55 gallon tank which collects greywater as the washer drains. 

"This system is pretty easy, we just switched the washer and dryer to the outside that way we could collect all our gray water instead of the water going down the drain like it normally would," Garcia said. 

When the tank fills up with water from the washing machine, it pipes the greywater straight to the garden. 

They say their plants are actually healthier and happier being watered with recycled water. Remnants of biodegradable laundry detergent carry beneficial nutrients to the plants. 

Russell save 10 to 15 gallons of water every time she does dishes by washing them by hand in a basin and then using the water for plants. 

"We bring our reverse osmosis wasted water out to water our garden," she said. 

Russell and Adrian are teaching their water saving habits to their three kids. 

"Our kids are very into conserving water as well," Russell said.  "They go to their friends houses and tell them about how they should turn the water off between brushing teeth and washing hands."

The family's next project is to rig their dishwasher to a tank which will collect the greywater from there too. 

For more information on Garcia and Russell's techniques, click here.
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