Mandatory water restrictions appear likely for the 2012 year, water officials have launched a public awareness program to help residents alert their neighbors who may be wasting water.
National Greens synthetic lawns require no watering. And because it eliminates the need for lawn pesticides and fertilizers, artificial grass also helps protects ground water and storm drainage systems. Waterless grasses such as National Greens artificial grass have been recognized as a valid water-conservation measure by many state water agencies.
An estimated 750 square feet of fake grass can conserve about 22,000 gallons of water per year. State officials estimate up to 70% of a family’s water use is for construction. Depending on other construction, that much water can be saved with an artificial lawn. The bottom line is that an artificial turf cuts water consumption, while also providing an environmentally friendly and safe lawn for the family and for pets.
Even in today’s very tough economic times, people are realizing something has to give when it comes to having a safe, green lawn and saving water. Rebate programs can sure help. Many states currently offer rebates of 30 cents for each square foot of artificial grass that’s installed in either new construction or to replace existing natural turf grass.
Many cities meanwhile directly issue rebates for artificial grass directly, rather than having residents apply to the Water District. These include California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico cities
Because home irrigation systems usually operate in the early morning or late evening, many homeowners may not notice problems or malfunctions in their own irrigation systems.
Mandatory conservation is still very likely this year because 2012 follows two critically dry years in the United States of America.
This is why it is a great decision to start conserving water by switching to an artificial lawn. The average lawn uses 41,690 gallons of water a year. How much water does your conventional lawn use?
To calculate how many square feet your yard has, multiply the width of yard in feet by the length of yard in feet. Since it takes about 0.623 gallons to deliver 1″ of water to a square foot of lawn, multiply your lawn’s square footage by 0.623 to calculate how many gallons you use in one watering.
To calculate how many gallons your lawn uses in a year, multiply the daily use by the number of days a week you water, then multiply by 52 (number of weeks in a year).
National greens artificial turf has many other environmental benefits. What else can you do to save water?
- Turn water off when brushing your teeth, washing your hair or shaving
- Shorten your time in the shower
- Install water saving devices such as water-efficient shower heads, toilets and instant water heaters
- Replace old appliances with more water-efficient models (clothes washers, dishwashers, toilets and shower heads)
- Only use washing machine or dishwasher with a full load
- Look for and fix leaks
- When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants
- Thaw food in the refrigerator instead of using running water
- Insulate hot water pipes
- Reuse towels and don’t change the sheets at hotel stays
- Choose flowers, plants and shrubs that are native to the area and do not require much water
- Mulch your garden and other uncovered yard areas
- Use a broom instead of water to clean driveways and sidewalks
- Install covers on your pool and/or hot tub
- Report broken pipes, open hydrants or errant sprinklers
Share your knowledge of water saving techniques with family and friends. Promote the importance of conserving this precious resource!
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