Is there a more precious resource than water?
We live in a desert and you'd think that people who live in a desert would take great care to conserve and protect our water supply. You'd think, but everyday, especially in the summer we see water being wasted.
There are many ways to waste water but one that really puts my teeth on edge is putting water in the street while watering a lawn. Someone turns the water on to water their lawn and forgets about it. Within a very short period of time there is water running down the street sometimes for blocks and blocks.
Yesterday, on my way home, I saw water running down a street in my neighborhood and decided to see where it came from. I hit the trip odometer and followed it back to it's source more than a quarter mile away!
The City of Phoenix Water Services Department reports that a 1/4 inch stream of water wastes just under 15,000 gallons per day. The stream that I followed was considerably larger than a 1/4 inch.
According to the EPA the average family of four can use 400 gallons of water every day, and, on average, approximately 70 percent of that water is used indoors. The water running down my neighborhood street could have supplied all the needs of a family of four for 37 days!
For every way to waste water there's a way to conserve water, what follows are 5 ways to conserve water and still maintain a healthy lawn.
1. Repair dripping hose bibs, they can waste 500+ Gallons of water a month.
2. Always water during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler, to minimize evaporation.
3. Water your lawn in several short sessions rather than one long one. This will allow the water to be better absorbed.
4. Don't water your lawn on windy days. After all, sidewalks and driveways don't need water.
5. Use a screwdriver as a soil probe to test soil moisture. If it goes in easily, don't water. Proper lawn watering can save thousands of gallons of water annually.
Waste not, want not. We live in one of the world's most beautiful deserts but without water we won't live here long.
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