California Drought Inspires These 5 Creative Ways People Are Conserving Water

State officials and experts point out ways people are saving every last drop.

1. Spray painting lawns

Spray painting dry, brown lawns green is an efficient way to conserve water, according to California state officials.The State Water Resources Control Board says 50 percent of the state's water is used outside."Ways families can drastically cut water use is by limiting how much they water their lawn," said Miryam Barajas, the control board's public information officer.

2. Drought-tolerant landscaping

3. Replacing pools

Some homeowners are caving in and getting rid of their pools.Christopher Burd is the owner of Dig and Demo, a construction company that helps people turn their pools into something new."I've definitely seen an uprising this season," Burd said. "The drought is pushing people to do the job."One way Burd does this is by emptying the water out of the pool and filling it in with dirt.

4. Hybrid sink-toilets

5. Reusing water

The easiest thing to do is simply recycle your water, according to water conservation experts.They recommend keeping a pitcher, bucket or cup by your sink or shower when you're waiting for the water to heat up, and use that cold water on your plants or garden outside.Another recommendation is taking care to only turn on the faucet in soft turns, slowly. This reduces how much water comes out of the faucet and can cut down in a small, but important way.

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