Lawns, Gardens and Cars
Outdoor water use for gardens, washing cars and watering lawns can account for at least half, and often far more, of our daily direct consumption of water. We could easily reduce our indoor and outdoor water use by 70%.
- Use efficient watering systems for vegetable gardens, flowerbeds and lawns such as soaker hoses or a simple drip irrigation system
- Apply a layer of mulch around trees and plants to slow evaporation of moisture while discouraging weed growth
- For lawns let the grass grow taller to about 8–10 centimeters (3–4 inches) and add organic matter to improve water retention.
- During dry spells you can stop watering your lawn, let it turn brown and go dormant. It will green up with the next decent rain
- Sweep driveways and sidewalks clean instead of hosing them down
- Clean the car first, using a pail of soapy water. Use the hose only for rinsing—this simple practice can save as much as 570 liters (150 gallons)
About Your Daily Water Footprint of 8000 l (2100 gal)
We don’t realize our societies run on water not oil. There is no electricity or gasoline without water. Nothing can be manufactured without water. The critically-acclaimed book Your Water Footprint (YWF), uses info graphics to reveal the enormous quantities of water that are used to make the clothes we wear, the electronic devices we use and the food we eat.
On average our water footprint amounts to 8,000 litres (2100 gal) of water each day. This is the net amount, water that can’t be reused.
Water-wise choices is all about smart substitutions and changes in habits.
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