Here Comes the Sun: Water Conservation Strategies for the Summer

Summer is fast approaching and outdoor water use will be going up as always. As a result, peak demands will be exacerbated and critical potable water supplies will be stressed. Nationally, the average American family uses 30 percent of their total water use outdoors but this can skyrocket to nearly 70% during the summer! This spike is almost entirely related to an increase in lawn and landscape watering and it is estimated that almost half of this outdoor water use is wasted through evaporation, wind, or runoff. For water utilities and suppliers, maintaining water supplies in the face of this increased demand during summer months is a great and important challenge: for both human health and our environment on which we depend.

There are many conservation strategies that water utilities can implement to drive outdoor usage down in anticipation of these upcoming hot summer months. Among the strategies that we at AIQUEOUS have found to be the most cost-effective, there is a variety: from those that may be more prescriptive (i.e. outdoor watering schedules) to strategies that are prescriptive and customer facing (i.e. smart irrigation controllers). The following list represents a brief summary of what our experience has shown to be some of the top water conservation strategies for water utilities during the summer months: