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Did you know that an estimated 40% of household water use in the summer is for lawn and garden maintenance? Take advantage of the water running off the roof by turning your downspouts towards vegetated areas. Use a gutter extension to redirect the water and make it long enough to reach your desired outfall location. Adding a diffuser to the end of the downspout or placing splash rocks at the bottom will help dissipate the energy and prevent erosion. Not only will this simple action send water to areas that need it most, it will prevent stormwater from rushing across pollutant covered hard surfaces en route to area waterways.

Learn how to make your own downspout diffuser!