Facts About Water Conservation
Water is one of our most precious natural resources. It may seem to be continually renewable thanks to annual rainfall. However, if we don’t take water conservation seriously, our demand for water will quickly outpace our supply.
The average household uses 200 gallons of water per day. Times that by the 7 billion people (and rising) that are in the world, and you’ll quickly realize how great our water consumption is. We must find ways to cut back on water use unless we want to face a water crisis.
Here are a few things you need to know about water conservation:
Lawn and Garden Maintenance Uses the Majority of Household Water
National Geographic says that nearly 60 percent of an individual household’s water use can be attributed to maintaining the lawn and garden. Those that live in hot climates like California use even more.
There are several things you can do to cut back on water use for your lawn and garden. You can install a low-flow sprinkler system, set up a rain barrel to irrigate your garden and stop erosion in your yard. You can also choose plants that require less water. The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association says that choosing just one low water use plant can save 550 gallons of water per year.
A Lot of Water is Wasted through Leaks
The PHCCA says that up to 8 percent of home water use is wasted because of leaks. These can be from loose plumbing, cracked pipes or inadequate seals. It is important that you have your home inspected for leaks and have them repaired immediately. Even that slow drip can add up to a lot of water loss over time.
Pools Waste a Lot of Water
National Geographic says that it takes 22,000 gallons of water to fill the average pool. In places like California where the climate is very hot, you’ll lose hundreds of gallons of water every month to evaporation. Covering your pool can help prevent the majority of that loss. Better still is to skip the pool and visit the beach when you want to cool down.
Low Flow Sprinkler Pros are committed to water conservation, and we can help you create a sprinkler system that will reduce your water consumption. Call us today to learn more.