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Greenhouse owner works to save water supply

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Updated: 5/11/2013 11:23 pm
The rain this weekend has been a sight for sore eyes, but for Nancy Hubbard, it was a short-term fix to a problem that's been weighing on her shoulders for quite some time. 

We spoke with Hubbard in July as she worked to keep her greenhouse business, High Plains Gardens, afloat with what little water supply she had left. Now almost a year later, she said her troubles are far from over. 

"Right now, we don't have any water," Hubbard said. "Not for the house or for business use because the well's been dry since April 16."

Back in April when she did have running water, Hubbard stored about 20,000 gallons. Between business and personal use, she tries to use less than 100 gallons a day, but said it's no easy task. 

"You haul it in in buckets and use it for whatever you need," Hubbard said. "You know, we heat it up on the stove to take showers, to wash dishes, to do whatever."

So Hubbard is hoping to garner support from the community. She started a campaign proposal online to raise money for a shed to cover her water supply. 

"The ideal cover for these storage tanks is a shed with a metal roof, because that sheds the water more cleanly. It sheets it off faster," Hubbard said. "You know, algae will grow in the tanks, which is not horrible. I mean it's not going to hurt to water the plants with it, or even water the animals with it. But the tanks, primarily, they will deteriorate in the sun."

She said it will take a little more than $40,000 to complete the project. She has until Jun 28 to raise the money. To find out more information or to make a donation, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sustainable-water-on-the-high-plains.

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