Water Conservation in the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' once seemed to be an oxymoron. Water is what makes this planet what it is, and it may seem strange to say, but water is a very limited resource – particularly fresh water. In our part of the midwest we have been blessed with countless lakes and streams, but this grants us with all the more responsibility to conserve what we have and to keep it clean.
Proper storm water management can reduce loads on municipal sewer and drainage systems. Water that is allowed to filter naturally through the soil is cleaner, and it stays in the local water table rather than being sent downstream to the next town.
The use of rain barrels and the creation of rain gardens to help save on consumption and to keep water in the local acquifier are integral to any landscape and site plan. There are many products as well, like permeable pavers for sidewalks and driveways, that can help.