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3 ways to conserve water at Lake Tahoe amid drought conditions

Special to the Bonanza

Lake Tahoe is always a sight to behold — be sure to take a moment to be thankful for the water it provides the community.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Water conservation is critical in times of drought because water is a precious and limited resource. By implementing water conservation practices you can save money, protect drinking water, and prevent water waste.

Here are a few tips on how you can do your part to conserve our precious resource:

1. Switch to Water Smart landscaping. About 70 percent of annual community water use is for irrigation so the most significant reduction potential is to reduce landscape irrigation. Water Smart landscaping requires less water, fertilizer, pesticides and usually less maintenance. The Tahoe Resource Conservation District's website has multiple easy to read PDFs on irrigation, plant selection, and conservation landscaping specific to our region: Tahoercd.org/conservation-landscaping-resources.

2. Schedule a landscape water use evaluation for your residential property. Waste Not is offering free landscape water use evaluations for homes in Incline Village and Crystal Bay this summer. Our water conservation experts will perform an inspection of your system and note problems that adversely impact the efficiency of the irrigation system including: equipment, maintenance or scheduling issues. The report will show you how to improve the efficiency of your system and help identify ways you can cut back on outdoor water use. Email Wastenot@ivgid.org or call 775-832-1284 to schedule an evaluation.

3. Learn about our water system on hikes with IVGID Public Works. Join us for tours at some of our Public Works infrastructure sites this summer. Hikes take place the third Friday of the month at noon on July 17, August 21, and September 18. You will learn more about the Public Works facilities and operations while enjoying a hike in our beautiful scenery. Visit YourTahoePlace.com/Events for more information.

The State of Nevada is not currently requiring mandatory water conservation measures but we still should be good stewards of this resource and do our part to conserve.

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When you're out enjoying Lake Tahoe this summer, take a moment to be thankful for our clean water and take actions to protect it.

"IVGID Tip" is a regular feature, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals and visitors with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by IVGID Waste Not. For information, visit ivgidpublicworks.org, call 775-832-1284 or email wastenot@ivgid.org.