What is Water Conservation?

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 11, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

Quick Answer:

Water conservation is the reduction in use of water through a variety of methods. Most households waste water through inefficient plumbing, leaks, clothes washing machines, and over watering the landscape.

It is estimated that about 30% of total household water use is outdoors. Of that 30%, 40 to 70% is used to irrigate the landscape; a staggering 9 billion gallons of water used per day.                                              








Conserving water will:

  • Reduce pollution of water bodies and aquifers
  • Increase energy savings by reducing use of electricity to pump water
  • Increase monetary savings by reducing the water bill
  • Create more efficient use of water resources
  • Reduce the need for future water rationing

Additional Resources:

Water Sense: An EPA Partnership Program
Why Conserve Water     


Colorado - Water Conservation in and around the Home
Utah - Home (Indoor) Water Conservation


Missouri - Water-efficient Gardening and Landscaping


Massachusetts - Landscaping to Conserve Water


Florida - Home Irrigation and Landscape Combinations for Water Conservation in Florida
South Carolina - Get (Water) Smart in Your Landscape Design
Arkansas - Water Conservation: Tips for Landscaping







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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.