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AgriLife Extension issues water-saving challenge

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is challenging Texans to save 40 gallons of water per day.

The 40-Gallon Challenge allows Texans to compete against other Americans who are taking the challenge in their states, said Brandon Boughen, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Potter County.

At the program's website, www.40gallonchallenge.org, Texans can pledge to adopt water-saving practices and see how many gallons of water they can expect to save, Boughen said. The website also shows the most popular practices being pledged, the pledged practices that are saving the most water daily, and counties and states that are pledging the most daily savings.

"This is an opportunity for individuals in the Texas Panhandle to pledge to change their wasteful practices," Boughen said. "You'll learn how to save water as you take the pledge. For example, shortening your daily shower by two minutes will save eight gallons per day. Repairing a leaky faucet will save 15 gallons per day. And replacing an old toilet with a new low-flush one will save eight gallons per day."

By following the tips on the 40-Gallon Challenge website, anyone can save money on their water bills, too, Boughen said.

To start saving water and take the challenge, go to the website and complete the checklist of water-saving practices. The checklist includes both indoor and outdoor water-saving tips.

Boughen said research shows less than 1 percent of the Earth's water is fresh water available for drinking, bathing, cleaning, cooking, manufacturing and growing agricultural crops. From a global perspective, demands for fresh water will double every 20 years as the world population continues to grow.

For more information on the 40-Gallon Challenge and how to participate in your county, contact your local AgriLife Extension office.

Date: 2/18/2013



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