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Your efforts to save water are actually making a difference

Finally, a bit of good news.
a dripping faucet

Usage is down.

is essential for life, but we’re not always the best at keeping our water supply safe. However, from the United States Geological Survey shows water use across the country dropped between 2010 and 2015, even though the population rose by four percent in that time. Significantly, average water use by individuals across the country also fell, following a pattern that’s is actually helping conserve fresh water.

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