RE/MAX Realtor Debb Manderscheid Educates Coloradans on Water Conservation

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Debb Manderscheid, of RE/MAX Alliance, in light of Colorado now allowing for the collection of rainwater, lists the top three tips on how homeowners can conserve water.

Debb Manderscheid

People considering moving to this state need to know it is crucial that Colorado conserve water, as we are experiencing a prolonged drought, and we need what water we have for the future.

According to a May 12, 2016, CBS Denver article, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper recently signed a bill into law allowing for the collection of rainwater, which allows residents to collect and store up to 110 gallons of rainwater as long as they put it back in the ground on their property. Previously, it had been illegal in Colorado for more than a century to collect rain before it hits the ground.

“Many people in Colorado prefer to catch rainwater for a number of reasons, such as having a well and saving on water as well as conservation,” said RE/MAX Alliance agent Debb Manderscheid. “People considering moving to this state need to know it is crucial that Colorado conserve water, as we are experiencing a prolonged drought, and we need what water we have for the future.”

To help potential and existing Colorado homeowners conserve water, Manderscheid shares the following three tips:

No. 1: Collect rainwater. “This can easily be done with rain barrels, which can be purchased at most local hardware or home improvement stores, positioned below downspouts to collect water that runs off of the roof,” said Manderscheid. “A homeowner can also install a rainwater collection system, which consists of large tanks stored underground that can collect rainwater from the roof and gutters and then filter and pump the water out. For the budget-conscious, simply place receptacles in your yard, such as watering cans, pots, children’s pools, etc.”

No. 2: Check for leaks. Manderscheid stresses homeowners frequently check toilets, faucets and pipes for leaks, as a small drip from even a worn faucet washer, for example, can waste 20 gallons of water per day, whereas larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. Homeowners can also use their water meters to check for hidden water leaks by reading the meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. “If the meter does not read exactly the same, you have a leak,” said Manderscheid.

No. 3: Use water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators. “These are inexpensive and easy to install, and can save thousands of gallons of water over time,” said Manderscheid. “They can also reduce a household’s water use by 30 to 50 percent.”

About Debb Manderscheid, RE/MAX Alliance
Debb Manderscheid works with residential home buyers and sellers. She is a resale specialist, with an emphasis on first-time home buyers, along with rural farm and ranch properties. Her designations include GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute), E-PRO (Internet Professional), SHOP (Sensible Housing Opportunity Program), SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) and CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert). Please contact Debb on her cell at 970-215-8564, her office at 970-622-1828, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The office is located at 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537.

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