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Word on the Street: How do you plan to conserve water this year at Tahoe?

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com
Holly Langley

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — With Lake Tahoe reaching its natural rim on Sunday for the first time in about 10 months, our Word on the Street question this week is centered on the fact that despite the good news, we’re still in a drought.

This week’s question: How do you plan to conserve water this year at Tahoe-Truckee? Here are answers, as asked Monday in Kings Beach:

Christopher Cannizzaro, equipment operator, Kings Beach: “Cutting back on gardening, leaving my yard natural. (Also) relaxing on showers and laundry.”

Holly Langley, nanny and juice bar attendant, Carnelian Bay: “At our house, when we are (waiting) to get hot water, we’ll put the (initial) cold water in a tea kettle or set it aside for something else instead of letting the water run. (Also) when the shower is warming up, we leave a bucket in the shower, and we’ll use that (water), taking it out to the garden.”

Stan Cubanski, retired, Kings Beach: “Same as last year. Hand watering a half a dozen trees that I want to preserve; no other external watering. … (Taking) shorter showers — 3-minute showers instead of 12. In fact, we have buckets in the showers, so if you want it to be hot when you get in, … we use that (initial cold water) to do the exterior watering.”

Richard Leavitt, house painter, Kings Beach: “Taking my car to the car wash instead of using a garden hose in my driveway. Stuff like that ­— just simple things.”