In a drought, over-irrigated lawns lose 70 billion gallons of water a year | NSF – National Science Foundation

 

Researchers estimated the flow of water vapor from the soil to the atmosphere in Los Angeles landscapes.
Researchers estimated the flow of water vapor from the soil to the atmosphere in Los Angeles landscapes.

Credit: Diane Pataki

“Systematic over-irrigation” and “benefit disparity” are the two big takeaways from this article… neither of which are big surprises.  Not only do people under-utilize water budgeting tools available but the greatest benefits of greenspace are in the neighborhoods that can afford the most of it.

Because the income gap correlates to a gap in greenspace, and becuase the correlation between greenspace and health is also so strong it would seem that ensuring access to well manged, drought tolerant greenspace is a matter of public health.

 

TWCA qualified turf reduces the water need of turf areas by 30% making affordable, accessible greenspace a real possibility for all neighborhoods, regardless of income.

Source: In a drought, over-irrigated lawns lose 70 billion gallons of water a year | NSF – National Science Foundation

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