Water Conservation

Tucson, Arizona has been recognized for its water conservation program, reports Tuscon The ‘Arizona Water Meter’ considered fifteen Arizona communities and evaluated them using seven criteria including per-capita water use and community-based conservation programs.

Downtown Tucson With Catalina Mountains In BackgroundTucson’s water conservation efforts began in 1977 when customers were asked to refrain from using water at certain times of day during hot summer months. These efforts resulted in the creation of the ‘Beat the Peak’ conservation program. Later, due to certain areas suffering from overuse of regional aquifers, the 1980 Groundwater Management Act set new water conservation guidelines for all groundwater use. Officials in Tucson are continuing to plan for future demands by managing water supplies.

Water is the most precious resource on this planet, without which no living organism can survive. That is why it is essential to conserve as much water as we can. One way that homeowners can help is by controlling the amount of water that they use in their gardens. Currently, landscaping uses 2.9% of the overall national U.S. water consumption, which suggests can be lowered. For example, gardeners can help by ensuring proper garden planning and by correcting faulty irrigation systems.

tulipsTo ensure that your plants are taking in all the water you’re giving them, set your automatic sprinklers to work during hours of lower temperature so that water does not evaporate. More importantly, gardeners should know that water is not the only factor that keeps their gardens healthy. Control of garden pests is important. Since pesticides put into gardens washes out into our oceans, gardeners should use natural methods to help maintain a healthy yard. Gardeners can encourage pest eating bugs, such as ladybugs, to live in their yard, recommends.

Also, gardeners should alternate planting different species of plants to ensure that you’re not supplying a regular food source for pests or allowing pest populations to explode by grouping together pest friendly plants.

So as you plant bulbs for spring flowers, consider water usage. If we all work together, we will have enough fresh water for generations into the future.

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  1. November 23, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    You should also consider planting native species which do not require extra watering from what naturally occurs in your area.

    Rain barrels are a very savvy way of saving water for a not so rainy day. 55 gallon water barrels collect the run off from your roof and before you know it, you’ve got quite a bit of water for landscape uses.

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