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If you thought you were conserving water by installing a 2.5-gal.-per-minute showerhead or buying a low-flow toilet, consider what Craig Kelley does to conserve water: He makes his own-or rather, he converts his own with a rainwater-harvesting and filtration system. Craig's system converts rainwater to drinking water by capturing rainfall with standard gutters and pre-filtering it with a "roof washer"; then a three-stage filtration process ensures the water meets drinking-water quality standards.
To learn about the Build It Green! 2008 Homes Tour + Info Fair held in Portland, Ore., and to see more of this house and another on the tour, see Building Green Homes in the Pacific Northwest.
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