Traditionally, landscaped lawns, athletic fields, and golf courses, while functional and aesthetically pleasing, use a lot of water. Water use and the surrounding issues have a significant effect on the population and will likely continue to be relevant to public health, sustainability, and the economy.
One of the main reasons artificial turf has become so popular is because of the water savings it offers. The average American household 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. That’s a lot of water! Artificial turf will slash water usage substantially.
Why Saving Water Matters
Saving water is important, both from a cost perspective and an environmental one. Water conservation is all about ensuring that there is enough water for everyone to use. Everything from the production of food to bathing requires water. From this perspective, using water just to keep a yard looking nice is a waste, especially if you’ve ever lived in a drought-touched area.
How does synthetic turf help? Well, the 6,000+ synthetic turf fields in the US save between 500,000 and 1,000,000 gallons of water apiece each year. In a year alone, that’s 3 billion gallons or more. Those numbers can really start to add up.
When you use water, there’s always the possibility that it can become polluted or contaminated for a number of reasons. Once this pollution and contamination have happened, that water can go back into the environment and negatively affect plants and wildlife.
The EPA indicates that pesticides and fertilizers are one of the main causes of water pollution, which means that thousands of miles and acres of lakes are often affected by these chemicals, all in the service of maintaining grass.
We don’t want to pollute our environment for health reasons, both our neighbors’ health and our own. Artificial turf doesn’t require any pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers to maintain, which can have negative effects on environmental health. Yet another reason to choose artificial turf.
During this uncertain time, artificial turf is a viable replacement for natural grass in drought-tolerant areas. Artificial turf saves water that property owners would otherwise use to water natural grass. Artificial turf is lush and green year-round, pet friendly, and the water savings will make both the environment and your wallet happier.