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Outdoor Water Use
The average American family uses 320 gallons of water per day, about 30
percent of which is devoted to outdoor uses. More than half of that outdoor
water is used for watering lawns and gardens. Nationwide, landscape irrigation is
estimated to account for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totaling
nearly 9 billion gallons per day.
Outdoor water use varies greatly depending upon
geographic location, in dry climates such as the
Southwest, a household's outdoor water use can be as
high as 60 percent. In addition, some experts estimate
that as much as 50 percent of water used for irrigation
is wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff caused by
inefficient irrigation methods and systems.
It's usually not necessary to water grass every day.
instead, test your lawn by stepping on a patch of grass;
if it springs back, it doesn't need water. Further your
water savings by using regionally appropriate plants to
create a water-smart landscape that is both beautiful
and efficient to achieve the curb appeal you desire.
Once established, native plants require little water
beyond normal rainfall.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's)
WaterSense® program labels professional certification
programs that advance water-efficient irrigation
techniques and practices. If homeowners with irrigation
systems hired irrigation professionals certified through
a WaterSense labeled program to perform regular
maintenance, each household could reduce irrigation
water by 15 percent, or nearly 9,000 gallons annually.
Acting like a thermostat for your sprinkler system,
WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers tailor watering
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schedules to local weather conditions. The average
family can save nearly 9,000 gallons of water annually
by replacing a standard clock timer controller with a
WaterSense labeled model.
EPA is also considering
developing a specification for soil
moisture-based control
technologies, which water plants
based on the amount of moisture
in the soil and adjust irrigation
schedules accordingly.
For more information and water-saving outdoor tips,
visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
PHONE (866) WTR-SENS (987-7367) WEBSITE www.epa.gov/watersense EMAIL watersense@epa.gov
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