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GBlist: French drains

To GBlister,

I have been hearing the term "french drain" in the context of water
conservation in landscaping but do not know what
exactly a french drain is, how it works and why it's good.

Here in Florida we use a lot of water for landscaping but have also been
experiencing periodic shortages. This sounds like something I might be
able to recommend to clients.

Can anyone provide information on french drains.  Please do not suggest
an internet site as I am not comfortable
with the internet yet and have had no success finding things on it.


Beverly A. Weiter
Environs Interiors Inc.
specializing in sustainable design, allergy safe and low-toxic interiors
for the residential and commerical market.  e-mail: environs.com@juno.com
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