Orbit Irrigation study sheds light on Americans’ attitudes toward water conservation

April 18, 2018 -  By

Orbit Irrigation Products released new survey data revealing Americans’ attitudes toward water consumption.

The findings show that while most people want to contribute to conservation efforts, they often use more water than they realize.

“As a nation, we’ve experienced multiple droughts in various regions as well as crises related to the cleanliness of our water,” said Mitch Lord, Orbit’s executive vice president. “At Orbit, we’re not only concerned with the conservation of water, but the management of this lifeblood resource as well. Sharing this study pushes the public to reconsider how they are using water and to look into ways to conserve it.”

Key findings of the survey include:

Water Conservation and Consumption
The data shows that a majority of Americans (56 percent) said they are more water conscious because of the national drought. Those in California who were affected by the drought in 2015 became hyperconscious of water use, with 81 percent of Californians claiming the drought changed their behavior toward water conservation. Even with three quarters of Americans considering themselves to be thoughtful about water consumption, 42 percent don’t understand how their water bill is calculated, and 43 percent don’t know how much they spend on water consumption.

Water Offenders
The survey also inquired about how often Americans notice water offenders—activities like
watering in the rain. Many people notice these offenses, and the majority that notice become
angry about the offenses, according to the survey results. Those polled said the primary offenders are large public spaces, such as commercial and government facilities, with neighbors being the second biggest offenders.

Water Behavior and Smart Technology Adoption
Those polled revealed that despite concerns about wasting water, only 7 percent of Americans surveyed own a smart sprinkler timer. More than half answered that they shower for an average of 6 to 10 minutes—which uses an average of 16 gallons of water—and 68 percent flush the toilet after every use. This suggests that even with the best of intentions, many are unaware or unwilling to change their water-using habits.

Download a summary of the survey findings here.

LM Staff

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