Water Saving Benefits of Synthetic Turf Lawns
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. The estimates for commercial water use on landscape creation and maintenance could even be higher.
Outdoor water use varies greatly depending upon geographic location. In dry climates such as the Southwest, a businesses 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 used by commercial business and residential lawns and landscape.
The average homeowners traditional grass lawn is one of the most water intensive parts of the home. Its estimated that 60% of some homeowners outdoor water bill is generated from watering the lawn. For commercial business the estimates are not as clear – cut and dry. Water use varies greatly depending upon the industry, commercial property size and as always-geographic location. Each business circumstances, lawn/landscape size, and geographic location will determine the cost of watering to maintain their lawn. In this section we look at the basics of how turf synthetic turf grass saves water – on an individual basis and as a compounded estimate of the overall US market.
Artificial grass lawns do not require water to stay green, lush, and beautiful all year. This water savings can mean many things to businesses who decide to utilize artificial turf in their landscaping. First, it can save money on water bills. Watering lawns accounts for a large percentage of commercial water usage, so depending on how much natural lawn is replaced with artificial grass, the cost and water savings can be substantial.
Studies from The Synthetic Turf Council estimates that the use of artificial grass has resulted in the conservation of between three to six billion gallons of water since 2010 (residential). If you factor in the commercial water savings this number only goes up. If you are considering installing a turf lawn for your business or hotel contact us today for a free quote and water usage/savings analysis. We can breakdown your current outdoor water consumption, costs, and estimate annual savings of going with turf.