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Once illegal, watering the garden with drainage from the washer or shower is gaining favor

Once illegal, watering the garden with drainage from the washer or shower is gaining favor

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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