National Geographic recently posted a wise article on ways to replace your lawn with water-saving plants and other alternatives so that you don’t use as much water during this extreme Californian drought. Here is the list that they created to help you and your family save water in your home… ”
- Astroturf– Made famous on sports fields, synthetic grass, or astroturf, is becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners, from California to Virginia. A lot of research has gone into the material in recent years, to make it softer underfoot and to reduce the temperature it achieves under intense sun.
- Groundcover– Instead of grass, a wide range of ground covers can be used to keep out weeds and reduce erosion, which would otherwise be a problem if people suddenly ripped out their grass. Alternatives include rocks and mulch, some of which can be locally sourced. Crushed shells are popular for properties near a beach. Sand also is an option, particularly for those going for a Zen garden look.
- Native plants– Many traditional nurseries offer plants that are native to a local area. Native plants are adapted to the local climate and require little or no watering to thrive, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. [They] also can provide habitat for local birds, mammals, and insects. They typically earn points for green certification systems like LEED or can help homeowners achieve a “wildlife friendly” designation from their state or a nonprofit.
- Drought-tolerant grasses & shrubs– In addition to native plants, homeowners also can choose from a wide range of drought-tolerant grasses and shrubs from around the world. Examples include lavender, sage, kangaroo paw, and tea tree.
- Desert plants– People can exchange grass for such water-sippers as succulents and cactus. These plants are often widely available at nurseries, and they can be kept in pots and moved indoors during colder months in cooler climates. They can be used in large numbers or as accents. “
To learn how to save water in your house as well as in your yard, visit Filtercon Technologies‘ website or call us at 800-550-1995.
5 Water-Saving Ways to Replace Lawns During California’s Drought. National Geographic. May 21, 2015. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150521-turf-terminators-xeriscape-california-drought-tolerant-lawns-water-savings/
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By now you’ve probably heard about the earthquake in Nepal that killed thousands of people and destroyed many homes. The earthquake was a 7.9 out of 10 on the Richter scale, enough to make most of the Nepal community flee to surrounding areas. This left them without food, shelter, and most importantly, water.
In emergencies like this one, clean water is not readily available to the people that have been affected by the distater. In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, refugee camps have been set up to take in the people that have been left without homes. The camps have been relying on military vehicles to bring them large tanks of clean water. After this disastrous earthquake, a large park at the center of Kathmandu has recently been converted into a government-constructed camp and has provided thousands of refugees with clean drinking water.
But, the CEO of the nonprofit WaterAid America says, “It will get worse before it gets better.” Lack of water, along with many other necessities, are becoming more scarce in the area even though many different groups have come in to help the communities of Nepali refugees. All we can do is support groups who do damage control and provide necessities to those in need.
If you’d like to read more about this disaster and the water crisis that has happened due to the Nepal earthquake, check out Newsweek’s article here.
Sources: Newsweek 4/29/15 “After Quake, Nepal Faces Water & Health Crisis”
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