Whether you’re a homeowner praying for rain in drought parched Southern California, or you reside somewhere that’s still unaffected by the drought that’s entrenched itself across various parts of the Western United States in the past few years, artificial grass has a lot to offer in the way of saving water.
Just how much water you ask? Try 660,000 gallons over the course of 15 years.
“It is amazing that a healthy grass lawn typically requires 55 gallons of water per square foot per year,” said Brian McGibbon of Fields of Green, speaking to The Sacramento Bee. “That is 44,000 gallons of water per year for a 800-square-foot lawn.”
By simply installing artificial grass to replace live turf, a homeowner with an 800-square-foot lawn is primed to save hundreds of thousands of gallons over the lifetime of the lawn. And with artificial grass costing less than $5 per square foot, a relatively small up-front investment can pay off many times over.
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Water plays an invaluable role in not just the lives of homeowners, but in nearly every aspect of manufacturing, farming and culture. If you’re having trouble conceptualizing how much 660,000 gallons is, that’s the same amount of water that’s required to produce:
- Sixteen cars, including tires
- Four thousand loaves of bread
- Six thousand watermelons
- Five thousand eggs
- Ten tons of steel
And all this isn’t just hypothetical: With water shortages nationwide, the cost of manufacturing and farming goods at higher water rates is passed on to the consumer, resulting in higher prices.
An Olympic-sized Swimming Pool
Even if your area isn’t currently experiencing water shortages, this much water is nothing to scoff at. It typically takes the average American family six and a half years to use 660,000 gallons of water — roughly enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. This includes not just watering, but drinking and bathing as well.
In cities like Ashland, Oregon, conservation isn’t just an environmental priority; it’s an economic one as well. Water is charged for on a per unit rate, with each unit representing 748 gallons.
The city has also set up tiered pricing: the first three units per month used by a residence are $2.43 each. After that, the next seven units are bumped up to $2.99 each. Units 11 to 25 are $4 each, and anything over 25 is $5.17 per unit.
That means that the 660,000 gallons of water saved translates to almost 900 units — potentially reducing water bills by hundreds of dollars each year on average. That basically means your artificial grass could virtually pay for itself in a relatively short time.
With so much at stake, both in terms of gallons of water and cash saved, it just makes sense to join the thousands of Americans nationwide who have already made the switch to artificial grass. Your wallet — and the West Coast’s depleted reservoirs — will thank you for it!
If you have questions about artificial grass and are interesting in replacing your natural lawn with a water-saving synthetic one, contact us for a free quote .