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Georgia is a state rich in natural resources, and no one knows this better than Terrance Rudolph, the state conservationist for Georgia. Working for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rudolph lauded Georgia’s diverse resources, which stretch from the mountaintops in North Georgia all the way down to the coast.
With the official declaration of July as Smart Irrigation Month, everyone can do their part to help conserve our most precious resource—water. Whether you're a farming utilizing a center pivot irrigation sprinkler to water a 200-acre peanut field or live residentially and want to do your part, it’s little things that count the most for conservation. Here are a few of Rudolph's top tips that everyone can implement:
When you brush your teeth, turn the faucet off until you brush. Then, once you’ve brushed, turn the faucet back on and rinse down the sink.
Collect rain water, which can be used to water your lawn, as well as your garden and other plants.
Water your lawn either early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Wait until you have a full load of laundry to use your washer and dryer and dishwashers. Doing so can save families a lot of water and money.