Water rates continue to climb more rapidly than any other utility or expense. In fact, over the last ten years they have soared upwards of 70% across the nation. The water rates in New York City alone have skyrocketed. With nearly 40 states anticipating water shortages by the year 2024, the need to conserver water is dire. And we all must do our part.
We all want to be good stewards of the Earth and save water, and additionally, we’re also tired of paying ridiculous water rates. And they’re not going to get any lower. Imagine the monthly water rates for golf courses, irrigation, and the like.
The problem is you want to conserve water, save on your monthly water bill, but you don’t want to compromise your curb appeal or your gardens, which are highly sustainable, I might add. How do you do both?
People are not ready to give up their gardens just yet. And gardening has made an incredible comeback since last Spring coinciding with the advent of the Coronavirus, harkening back to the days of the Victory gardens.
Tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and bright perennials, however, won’t make it on just rain water in the Northeast, with the July sun blazing down on your greenery and frying your lawn. Grey water is another option to look into, but for the vast majority of folks into, you will still need to rely on city water most of the time.
Perhaps you have a penchant for a large and lush lawn and you insist upon having one. Whether it be a garden or lawn, you’re going to need a lot of water for all your horticultural needs — depending on a variety of factors, such as current weather patterns, the region you live in, and the level of gardening you’re doing. Be prepared to pay water bills that aren’t going to get any lower each month.
So if you live in a municipality or city and dependent on city water, and just can’t give up on watering the lawn, there are other things you can do to spruce up your curb appeal without breaking the bank with an inflated monthly water bill.
- Mix things up with mulch
- Artificial turf has come a long way, and most agree it was worth the investment.
- Invest in a Hydro Route Water Confinement System. (It literally takes the air out of you monthly water bill that is measured by your water meter. Monthly savings are about 25%.
- Paving stones
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