Water - Waste Not Want Not Even in the Northeast USA.

Reblogger David Popoff
Real Estate Broker/Owner with DMK Real Estate Ct RE Broker 0789963

Water is not an infinite source with only about 2.5% is fresh water with 68% of that in glaciers and ice caps. So it is important that we conserve water use in the home as well as around the yard.

Here are two great links for tips on how to use water efficiently:-

     ~ In the house and yard.  http://eartheasy.com/live_water_saving.htm

     ~ Sustianable Lawn care.  http://eartheasy.com/grow_lawn_care.htm

 

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Original content by Nancy Laswick SA542701000

water conservation

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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Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

This is an interesting subject for those of us who live in Colorado, too. Our communities are constantly reminding us of all the points you make.  And yet, the City property doesn't get maintained in the same responsible manner they ask of us.  It's frustrating because they should be setting a good example.

Also, if our water supplier really wants us to save water, they need to eliminate regulations against saving water such as the use of rain barrels and grey water.

I'm happy to say that most local homeowners do water responsibly.  I just wish more people would reduce the size of their irrigated areas.  I'm certain everyone could cut down by half the watered areas.  I know I have!

Aug 20, 2013 11:02 PM #1
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Roy Kelley
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This is a great choice for a re-blog. This is a good topic for all of us to promote in our communities.

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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
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Our local water company just went from quarterly billing to monthly billing so owners can catch leaks faster.

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