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California Drought News: Australia-inspired solutions and the Friday shower tip



When it comes to drought, Australia often does it bigger, better, or before California. A sign is displayed in a suburban garden to notify that recycled water is in use on April 10, 2007 in Brisbane, Australia.
When it comes to drought, Australia often does it bigger, better, or before California. A sign is displayed in a suburban garden to notify that recycled water is in use on April 10, 2007 in Brisbane, Australia.
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Friday's drought news wants to model itself on Australia, but why stop at water? Let's envy their coffee, rugby skill and mystery writers, too (but not their bush fires).

Beginning with Australia's largest river system, the Murray-Darling basin, planners and scientists now look first to how much water is needed to sustain stream ecosystems, and cap diversions to maintain them. Water quality, salinity and the connections between surface and ground water are all taken into account. Next, water is set aside for the essential needs of human communities for drinking, household use, sanitation and firefighting. (Wade Graham/LA Times)

In other news:

And the Friday shower tip is back! Today's drought-related Tweet o'the Day comes from user eborgo1.

Your conservation tips, shower-related, Australian-inspired or otherwise, are welcome today and every day...in the comments below. Enjoy the new moon this weekend!