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Saving Water, the Private-Sector Way
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  • ShadrachSmith

    The key stat is that 75% of America’s potable water goes on lawns.

    • David E.M. Thompson

      And 90% of all water taken from lakes or aquifers goes to agriculture, at a price far below anything that would be set by a market – often zero. Consequently, agriculture is not an industry that attempts to conserve.

      • ShadrachSmith

        You don’t speak for agriculture and that is not what they say.

        It is Greens that waste the most water, in 2009 and 2010 more than 300 billion gallons (or 1 million acre-feet) of water were diverted away from farmers in the Central Valley and into the San Francisco Bay for the brown smelt?

        I would guess the farmers would have managed that water better without the help from the greens, just a guess πŸ™‚

      • Wayne Lusvardi

        No, in California about 17% of all rainfall and 42% of all system water in reservoirs and aqueducts is used by agriculture. The largest share of system water goes to wildlife and fish refuges.

    • Zolicon

      “Stupid is as Stupid does.”

    • Wayne Lusvardi

      The best study we have is lawns soak up about 44% of municipal water and municipal water in a state like California is only 8% of all system water. So we’re talking about 3.5% of all system water goes to irrigating lawns. And in areas where there are alluvial soils and underground water basins, those basins depend on people watering their lawns for about 15% of its recharge.

      • ShadrachSmith

        It is hard to know whose study is ‘best’, what do you say we round it off at half πŸ™‚

  • Zolicon

    Sorry but I have absolutely no interest is saving Water so that those who are polluting it can have more of it for Their own use.

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