A third of the water Americans consume daily is used to irrigate lawns, water gardens, and maintain landscaping. More alarming, up to fifty percent of that water goes to waste due to over-watering, runoff, and evaporation. With a few simple steps, we can reduce the amount of water we use – and waste – on our lawns and gardens without compromising their health or appearance.
The Environmental Protection Agency encourages homeowners to take a closer look at their outdoor water use. Some simple steps can save water and money. Water in the early morning to minimize evaporation. Avoid watering driveways and sidewalks. Use micro-irrigation (such as soaker hoses). Consult a WaterSense irrigation partner for advice on in-ground sprinkler systems. For more information on watering efficiently and to locate a WaterSense irrigation partner, visit the WaterSense website.
This article is reproduced from WaterTalk which is published quarterly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10.