Groundwater. It’s vital to our lives, and its very existence is threatened. Contaminants flood into it. Droughts eradicate it. People waste it. As our population increases, we need to learn to use it more wisely. Here are some tech devices that will help that happen.
Five Minute Shower Timer
The average amount of water used per minute when showering is about 8 gallons of water. When you take a five-minute shower, you generally use between 35-50 gallons of water. Reducing that time by even a few seconds makes sense in terms of retention of groundwater. Racing to beat the time helps you shorten your shower and use less water.
Rain Barrel Downspout Diverter
Kits are available at home improvement stores, or these devices can be installed by gutter companies. These allow rainwater to be collected for watering gardens and pets, while still allowing for proper drainage. This device is incredibly important as more and more land is built upon. Rainwater isn’t allowed to drain naturally, but rather run off quickly and rush down roads and into drains.
When you have a sprinkler system, you need a controller that can tell it to turn off when it has rained. Your sprinkler system is able to be tailored for the actual conditions in the area. It just doesn’t turn on because the clock says it should. It actually monitors the weather and then lets your system know what to do for your landscaping.
Sensors help the various controllers shut off based on their information collected from actual outside conditions like rain, high wind speeds, freezing temperatures and over-flow conditions. They make your sprinklers turn off during times that would cause you to overwater or potentially ruin your sprinkler system. That way you aren’t wasting water.
Measure Your Own Groundwater
If you have your own well, you know the fear of having it run dry. With less and less groundwater available, this horrid fact is becoming reality for more and more private well owners. Some of the symptoms of a waning well is an abundance of air in the water and water running out after you use a lot of water, like when you water the lawn. You water pressure may seem like its reduced and the pump itself will run for some time before it finally shuts off. Additionally, it will take extra time to build up water pressure. And one sure sign: your neighbors may be having issues with their wells, too. Technology is available and ready for homeowners with those concerns. Other monitors are available to check for contaminants.
We all need the groundwater. Unfortunately it is getting harder and harder to come by. The water that is available may have contaminants. People need to work with technology to find ways to keep the groundwater we have clean and available to all.