According to the Environmental Protection Agency, households in dry climates—think Utah—will consume 60 percent of their annual water on outdoor activities. As if that weren’t enough to make you swear off a grassy lawn, EPA says we probably lose 50 percent of it to evaporation.
So we’re not only putting a huge drain on our reservoirs, as most outdoor use happens during the summer, but half of it isn’t doing what we intended!
The good news is programs such as Slow the Flow Chart and H2Oath, along with our snowfall and spring rains, have put us in a good position this year. But there’s more you can do to help the cause: