There is no doubt about it, Americans use large quantities of water inside and outside their homes. A typical family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day! This amount can increase depending on geographic location and climate conditions. You might be surprised to learn that 30% of that 400 gallons goes towards outdoor irrigation! With spring in full swing water use can skyrocket while trying to establish those beautiful vegetable and flower gardens. But it is estimated that more than 50% of landscape water use goes to waste due to evaporation or runoff caused by overwatering. Drip irrigation systems use between 20-50% less water than conventional in-ground sprinkler systems because less water is lost to wind, runoff, and evaporation. If your in-ground system uses 100,000 gallons annually, you could potentially save more than 200,000 gallons over the lifetime of a drip irrigation installation. That adds up to savings of at least $1,150!
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