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Flushed But Not Forgotten

The facility's $10.1 million expansion increases the permitted plant capacity from 10 to 14.9 million gallons per day and shall sustain Gainesville's wastewater treatment requirements until 2018. Photo by Andrea Cornejo.

If you’re flushing wipes down the toilet, think again. Not only are wipes ‘public enemy No. 1’ at the wastewater plant, but they and other non-flushable items also hinder the return of clean water to the environment.

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Haile HOA Says Yes To Florida-Friendly Lawns

Haile Plantation is doing a number of things, including using soil sensors instead of rain sensors for its sprinkler systems, to conserve water. But it is one of the few homeowner's associations that are taking such measures, according to IFAS researchers. (Photo courtesy Janet Tarbox/Flickr).

Some neighborhood associations are moving toward more sustainable landscaping practices to conserve water. Haile Plantation Association is using sustainable practices in its common areas, but it doesn’t have authority over how residents water their lawns.

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