Because you need no watering to support plastic grass, astro turf will save you literally tons of water. Watering lawns consumes 30% of municipal freshwater in the eastern U.S. and 60% in the West. A U.S. News & World Report article reported that a “1,000 square-foot lawn requires, on average, 10,000 gallons of water per summer”. For example, The City of San Marcos, Texas converted their Stadium’s grass to astro trurf and is estimated to be saving more than 2 million gallons (7.5 million liters) of water each year! It also has many more benefits including reduced maintenance, reduced pesticide use, and utilization of recycled materials.
Well, your question is kind of broad. How much water does Astroturf save as a product, globally? I don’t think anyone can really answer that question. Astroturf isn’t widely used as a product so much any more; other companies have created artifical lawn products that drain far better and have better texture. It’s estimated that an 1800-square foot lawn requires around 56,000 gallons of water per year! So replacing that space with artificial turf will save that much water.
However, consider this: artificial turf is often petroleum-based…that is, made from oil. It’s a highly-processed, resource-intensive material. So while you’re saving plenty of water from not watering your lawn, it’s important to consider that there is a lot of water that goes into the production of the product itself. For a truly eco-friendly answer to a lawn, check out xeriscaping, or dry landscaping. There are many beautiful native plants and rock designs that you could use to replace your lawn, while saving plenty of water! Check it out.
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