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Author's Note

The town in Louisiana where I grew up draws all of its water from an underground reservoir known as an aquifer. Unfortunately for local residents, it's not being replenished as fast as it's being used, and the level of the aquifer has dropped dangerously low. The irony of the situation is that the region gets a lot of rain -- about 55 inches (140 centimeters) per year. Imagine the amount of water residents might save by recycling some of this rainwater to irrigate their lawns and gardens!

I don't know about you, but these kinds of simple solutions are exciting to me. I hope by recycling some of your water, you can get a similar sense of personal satisfaction.

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