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Climate-Proofing Your Home: Upgrades to Weather a Drought

Maximizing efficiency and minimizing waste are essential to improving your home’s resilience. Here are ways that help decrease your water consumption.

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Illustration: Joel Plosz for Bloomberg Green

Climate-driven drought is making the once unthinkable foreseeable. Amid water shortages, your faucets could run dry, as has been a possibility in Marin County, California. Violate mandatory water restrictions and you might face steep fines or even a cutoff of service.

With the western United States in the grip of an extreme drought, rivers and reservoirs are at record lows and some water utility districts in California have asked residents to curtail consumption by as much as 40%. A 2019 study found regions across the nation could face water shortages in the coming decades in part due to climate change.