Getting started: Saving water in your yard  

Before stepping into your garden, first arm yourself with some facts, figures, and water-saving inspiration 

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Lake Mead, the largest reservoir on the Colorado River –– and in the U.S. –– is now only 46% full, down about 110 feet since 2000

30 million: Number of Westerners who get their water from the Colorado River.

7: Number of Western states that the Colorado and its tributaries travel through (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming).

5.2 trillion: Gallons of water allotted to those 7 states.

1,400: Miles the Colorado travels.

18 million: Number of Californians whose water comes from the Colorado (about half the state’s population).

246,000 square miles: Size of the Colorado River watershed.

4 inches: Average rainfall in the majority of the river basin.

17 million: Number of years ago that the Colorado started carving the Grand Canyon.

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