Project to reduce Brooklyn Botanic Garden's water use by 96%

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The completion of a special water conservation project at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was cause for celebration with a special dedication ceremony Tuesday.

A brook was redesigned to filter and recirculate rainwater throughout the garden's grounds, reducing their use of potable water by 96%. The brook connects two ponds at the garden, where rainwater is collected. The project is expected to reduce the amount of freshwater used by the garden from 22 million gallons to about 900,000.

"Brooklyn Botanic Garden is committed in a time of climate change, and with a lot of conservation challenges to being a leader in sustainability," says Brooklyn Botanic Garden President Scot Medbury.

The stream will also help alleviate some of the strain storms can put on the city's combined sewage system. Designers say technology installed beneath the ponds and stream will give experts key information so they can drain the bodies of water ahead of major storms.

On top of the benefits, officials say the project is a beautiful addition.

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