Drought is becoming increasingly more concerning in many parts of the United States, especially during the summer months. In states like California, arid climates require substantial amounts of water to meet the demands of the public’s insistence on sustaining vegetation and landscaping that are not indigenous to the area. Anticipating record droughts in the years to come that will rival water insufficiencies over the past several centuries, California has introduced new legislation that will require the state’s residents to consume 20 percent less water over the course of the next three years.
Currently, the average American family consumes approximately 400 gallons of water daily – the majority of this figure used to maintain gardens, water lush lawns, and fill swimming pools and hot tubs. Inside or outside, it is clear that water conservation needs to be prioritized and the public educated and made aware of the pressing issue. Here are five ways you can do your part to begin conserving this precious resource.
1. Re-evaluate Your Outdoor Water Consumption
Outdoor water consumption accounts for the majority of water consumption in the United States. Naturally, beginning with outdoor water consumption assessment is a logical place to start. The LA Department of Public Works recommends watering for multiple short durations throughout the late night and early morning hours to allow the water to fully saturate the soil and provide a steadier supply of water to plants and landscaping throughout the day, explaining that watering mid-day is inefficient as the water is more likely to evaporate before having the opportunity to penetrate the soil.
2. Assess Sprinkler Attachments for Obstructions and Required Repairs
Cracks or obstructions in sprinkler attachments can make your watering equipment less effective at providing hydration for your garden and landscaping and prolong the amount of time you have to leave the water running. Making sure your sprinkler attachments are up for the job ensures your plants will get the water they need without over-consumption or waste.
3. Ensure Your Plumbing Isn’t in Need of Repairs
Indoors, check faucets, showerheads, toilets, and sinks for leaks. While it may seem insignificant, small leaks add up and cause substantial water waste. In a state like California that faces frequent drought, every bit of water conservation helps. Added bonus: you can save on your energy bills.
4. Switch to High-Efficiency Watering Equipment
Installing high-efficient devices throughout your house aimed at conserving water will not only reduce your water consumption, it will lower your energy bill. As if lower energy costs and helping the environment wasn’t enough, you may also qualify for city or county rebates for complying with water conservation efforts.
5. Replace Grass with Plants that Require Less Water Consumption
Last but not least, research low-water landscaping options. Replacing grass and plants that require heavy watering with landscaping options that require less water will reduce your energy bill, lower your consumption of water, and can be very esthetically pleasing. Choose from a variety of succulents, or consider faux grass options to maintain the look and feel of grass without the need to water. Like other suggestions, this one may also boast rebate potentials depending on the area in which you live.
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