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First DFW WaterSense home opens to demo water efficiency (Photos)

The backyard of the WaterSense home uses native and adaptive plants, plus rocks, to help conserve water in the landscape.
The backyard of the WaterSense home uses native and adaptive plants, plus rocks, to help conserve water in the landscape.
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The first EPA WaterSense home in the DFW area officially opened on Saturday, March 23 at the Texas A&M AgriLife campus, 17360 Coit Rd. in Dallas.

This 1,700-sq. ft. home is the first in DFW to be designated an EPA WaterSense house.
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The 1,700-sq. ft. home was built in the 1980s to house the onsite maintenance manager, but no one lives on campus today, and the structure was considered an ideal retro-fit project by AgrilLife and the EPA. It will now serve as a working model to demonstrate how easy water conservation can be, both inside the home and outdoors in the landscape.

The WaterSense home features hot-water-on-demand systems, water-efficient faucets and fixtures, water-efficient landscaping and irrigation systems and rainwater harvesting. It also showcases renewable and energy efficient products for the floors, counter tops, lighting and appliances. The landscape includes native and adaptive plants, plus rocks and rain gardens.

While other WaterSense homes around the country were constructed from scratch, this is the first residence ever to receive WaterSense certification as a renovation project, demonstrating how homeowners can conserve by simply changing existing fixtures and adopting new landscape practices.

The house will be open to the public during business hours Monday through Friday and available for group tours at pre-scheduled times. Phone (972) 231-5362 for tour appointments.

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