Thacher aiming to reduce water usage by 70 percent

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A summer storm filled this storage tank with 5,000 gallons of water in late July. (photo submitted)

Misty Volaski, Ojai Valley News editor
Less than 24 hours after The Thacher School finished installing a rainwater collection system, Tropical Storm Dolores swooped in to help them try it out. She courteously dumped more than an inch of rain on the campus, allowing it to collect 5,000 gallons of water in one weekend.
Talk about perfect timing. "We never expected to be given a chance to test it so soon," said Chris Land, director of communications for Thacher. The school had played host to a water conservation class attended by several Thacher staff members, as well as two dozen individuals from across the state.

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