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Avoid Summer Water Waste

TitleAvoid Summer Water Waste
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-07-07
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #25 - "Water Conservation" (Air Date July 22, 2003). Joe Borgadine from the Incline Village General Improvement District discusses water conservation practices.
SubjectWater conservation -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 25 - Water Conservation (Air Date July 22) Anchor Intro: When you look at Lake Tahoe it is so large it's easy to think there is an unlimited supply of water stored within its shores. But the communities that use water from Lake Tahoe have a limit to just how much they can take. In tonight's Lake Tahoe report, Shelly Purdy explains how we can all conserve this valuable resource. ((Take Pkg)) ((Nats Sprinklers)) ((Track 1)) Summer is always the time of year when we use water the most. And most of that water is used to irrigate lawns and other outdoor landscaping. You look at almost any home in the Reno/Tahoe area and chances are you'll see a big swath of grass in the front yard. But lawns take a lot of water to keep green. ((Sot @ 11:08 Joe Borgadine, Incline Village General Improvement District)) "A little bit of lawn goes a long way. One of our suggestions is landscape with more drought resistant native plants. I like to have a lawn myself. But what you can do is put the right type of lawn in in the first place." ((Track 2)) And when it comes to planting grass here at Lake Tahoe or in the Reno area, consider what type of soil you are planting your lawn on top of. You'll save water in the long run if you prepare your soil by adding mulch or other organic material underneath. And once your lawn is in, water only as much as you need. Here at Incline, water officials use specially designed measuring cups to make sure they aren't watering too much. ((sot @ 12:26)) "It's like a miniature rain gauge and what you can do is put that in your yard and based on the type of plant you have there's a guideline for lawn and plants - you can put that in your yard and measure how much water is actually being put on it." ((Track 3)) "To keep this precious water from going to waste. ((s/u @ 15:57 Shelly Purdy)) "Unlike Reno and Carson City, here in Incline Village if you?re caught overwatering you?re not going to get a citation. But you will get some helpful advice on how to conserve water." ((Track 4)) With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Cooalition, I'm shelly purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: If you live in the Incline Village area, those water gauges are available free of charge along with advice from water experts. For more information, visit our website at

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