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# CR - water-conserving landscape

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Brochure: Help conserve our cityâ€™s water supply. By converting the landscaping in your yard to a water-conserving landscape, you can greatly reduce your outdoor water use. A water-conserving landscape is natural and attractive, and it also saves you money.

Criticism: For most people with yards, the savings from converting to a water-conserving landscape cannot justify the expense of new landscaping, since typically the conversion would save less than twenty dollars on a homeownerâ€™s yearly water bills.

Which of the following, if true, provides the best basis for a rebuttal of the criticism?

(A) Even homeowners whose yards do not have water-conserving landscapes can conserve water by installing water-saving devices in their homes.
(B) A conventional landscape generally requires a much greater expenditure on fertilizer and herbicide than does a water-conserving landscape.
(C) A significant proportion of the residents of the city live in buildings that do not have yards.
(D) It costs no more to put in water-conserving landscaping than it does to put in conventional landscaping.
(E) Some homeowners use more water to maintain their yards than they use for all other purposes combined.
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28 Feb 2005, 17:09
B for me too...

c says that not many people have yards, but its not relevant to the critcism...
D says about converting, while this is similar it really doesnt address the issue of the criticism.
E irrelevant

B is the best, says, conventional gardens not only cost more to water but also cost more to maintain...
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28 Feb 2005, 17:50
B, since it implies that homeowners will save on fertilizer and herbicide in the future.
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28 Feb 2005, 18:10
Definitely (B) because the criticism is focusing only on conversion and watering costs. If other costs are brought itn (as the one mentioned by (B) ) then the whole situation could change.

(A) and (C) actually strengthen the criticism.
(D) and (E) have no effect
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28 Feb 2005, 19:02
Yep
OA is (B)
28 Feb 2005, 19:02
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