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Making the most of water in Tucson

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Dr. Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar’s backyard is a laboratory of sorts.

From cisterns to a composting toilet, he has put to use a range of methods for making the most of the water that falls on Tucson.

The goal is not just to save water or help a few plants.

There is a broader impact, he argues — a better shade canopy, diminished heat and so on.

“At the end, we’re bringing nature back to the city where nature belongs as well,” says Murrieta-Saldivar, of the Watershed Management Group.

As the monsoon approaches, The Buzz takes a tour of Murrieta-Saldivar’s yard and focuses on water harvesting. More...

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