The answer might surprise you:
While the wealthy pour clean, fresh water on their lawns, approximately 4,500 children die every day from the consequences of unsafe water and inadequate hygiene, and more than 1 billion people still have no clean water to drink according to WHO’s 2005 figures.
Here are some interesting facts about our biggest waste of drinkable water, the kind of water that people all over the world are dieing for:
The EPA estimates that the total amount of residential lawn in the United States ranges around 40 million acres, making turf grass the nation’s biggest irrigated crop.
Americans pour as much as 238 gallons of water per person, per day onto lawns during the growing season.
The U.S. lawn industry is a $70 billion annual business.
And how does that contribute to pollution? Well, aside from all the pesticides and herbicides that poison everything they touch:
America’s 50 million or so lawnmowers burn through 800 million gallons of gas every year.
Source: United States EPA