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Is a gray-water system right for your condo complex?

Question:  I’m a board director for a very large homeowner association looking for ways to save money during these bad economic times. Water is one of our biggest expenditures because we have greenbelts and lots of vegetation. During meetings, owners complain that too much water is wasted and that...
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