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San Luis Obispo YMCA cuts water use despite growing membership

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Many people are looking for ways to cut back their water use during this severe drought, but the San Luis Obispo YMCA club says its water saving efforts have been successful.

YMCA CEO Monica Grant says, with membership growing over the past two years, water expenses have been a concern for the club.

Grant says the YMCA has been encouraging its members to take shorter showers by posting signs.

"We talk about social responsibility," Grant says, "and how can we serve members but also do that in a responsible way."

She says the club hasn't had to enforce that too much though, because the members police each other.

Joe Ferraro has been a YMCA member since 1960. He says, "I tell them when I'm back there if I know they're abusing. Just wet down, soap up, take the soap off and get the heck out. Save some water around here, otherwise you won't be showering and you'll have to do it at home."

The YMCA is also teaching kids about water conservation in its summer day camps.

Both members and organizers say it's important for them to conserve water to ensure they don't have to raise membership prices or take away from funding towards other programs.

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