Water Conservation

Water smart activities for summer fun

Summer time outdoor water fun does not have to be wasteful

Outdoor water activities are a fun and easy way cool down in the July heat. Summertime staples like pools, water fights, and slip n’ slides seem like an economical boredom buster but can waste water and cost money on a utilities bill.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as much as 50 percent of the water used outdoors is wasted. During the summer, this amount increases two to four times due to higher demand for irrigation. Filling pools and leaving the hose running for hours only adds to the problem.

“You have to be mindful of conservation during the summer,” said Dr. Justin Moss, associate professor & Huffine endowed professor of turfgrass science. “Playing in the water is great, just be smart about it.”

Moss suggests filling water balloons or squirt guns instead of giving children the running hose. Also, if children play in the sprinklers during the day, the lawn does not need to be irrigated that night, he said.