Here at Flowe.green, we are dedicated to saving the planet, one household fixture at a time. We believe in providing affordable and easy to install energy saving devices to people in an effort to conserve our precious energy resources. Taking care of our environment is important, and energy efficient products should be available and accessible to people regardless of their income level. Unfortunately, the United States wastes a significant amount of water and our country has a water footprint of 1,053 billion cubic meters of water. The only countries in the world with a higher water footprint are China and India. Today, we would like to discuss some of the ways in which Americans waste water.

Irrigation

About 70 percent of the available freshwater in the United States in used by the agricultural industry. Most of farming relies on the method of flood irrigation, which basically drenches fields with water and the excess runs off into nearby streams and rivers. Unfortunately, flood irrigation wastes a significant amount of water and pollutes waterways with fertilizers. Waterway fertilizer pollution even results in creating dead zones in the ocean, which uses up available oxygen. Fertilizer pollution also aids in creating algal blooms, which kill marine life.

However, more water efficient irrigation methods are available, such as drip irrigation, which applies water directly to plant roots. Implementing these systems can be costly and inefficient for certain crops, so some regions may instead benefit from switching to sprinkler systems. Sprinklers produce less waste runoff and cover crops to prevent water evaporation.

Lawns

Whether you live in a city, small town, or suburb, watering lawns can waste large amounts of water. Some lawns simply use the wrong type of grass that requires more watering, and some areas, such as the desert, should not even have lawns in the first place. If you live in an arid region, it would make more sense to replace your lawn with cacti and rocks. Lawns in other parts if the country could waste less water by using native grasses that require less watering.

Crops

For agricultural industries, it makes absolutely no sense to grow water-thirsty cotton in more arid regions. For more arid climates, it would be better to cultivate crops that require less watering.

Treated Wastewater

Were you aware that one of the largest sources of usable water is treated wastewater? The water that people use to take showers, wash their food, or flush the toilet is treated and sanitized. This treated water could be used in valuable ways such as for watering crops. In the United States, about 70 percent of our wastewater is treated, but only about four percent of that is used. Why not use more of this treated wastewater?

These are only a few of the ways in which our country wastes water. However, Flowe.green wants to reduce energy waste in each household. We manufacture several different energy saving devices, including WooD, FLOWS, and SeeP™. Contact Flowe.green today to learn more about our energy and water saving products today.