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Drought drives greater household use of gray water

Drought drives greater household use of gray water

Strands of silver hair fell into Annie Costanzo's face as she wielded a sledgehammer against the brick walkway in her backyard. Plumes of dust and debris filled the air, and reddish-pink shards scattered in the wake of the 64-year-old sculptor's latest water conservation project. Over the course of two days, Costanzo created a channel, set PVC pipe in it and drilled a hole in a wall of her house to carry water from her laundry to a mulch basin near a magnolia tree behind her home in the Miracle Mile. "I'm happy to find any way I can to make water go a little bit further," she said. Costanzo is among millions of Californians who, amid the state's fourth...

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