Rise of Xeriscaping in Face of Today’s Water Shortages


From the drying up of Lake Meade in Nevada to hitting historic water-level lows in Utah’s Great Salt Lake, it’s clear that we have entered into a new era of water shortages.

According to Pew Research Center, climate change is altering where and how we get fresh water, and is sparking the need for worldwide cooperation. The organization also projects that more than half of the global population will live in water-stressed areas by 2025.

Under the theme that every-little-action can help counter today’s climate challenges, there has been a recent rise in xeriscaping, which is the practice of designing landscapes to reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation. This means replacing traditional grass lawns with rocks and desert-like gardens.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority actually offers rebates to customers at $3 per square foot of grass removed and replaced with this desert landscaping.

In addition, there are several .Earth domain users that are offering xeriscaping solutions and resources.

For example, GoodShepards.Earth offers regenerative land management services and one of its landscape designers is an expert in xeriscaping. In addition, Erie.Earth and Boulder.Earth, which are the climate action portals for the cities of Erie and Boulder, Colorado, offer xeriscaping informational resources.

For landscape architecture firms, the ability to provide xeriscaping solutions could also provide additional revenue sources – especially in the face of today’s water shortages. The .Earth domain could be the ideal branding solution for showcasing any new offerings that support water conservation.

Since its launch in November 2015, the .Earth domain has focused on creating a unique place that unites like minds – whether it be brands or individuals – and allows them to promote their passions, causes, businesses, and stories for the overall betterment of life for all.

To learn more about the .Earth domain, visit Voices.Earth. In addition, many organizations and individuals are sharing their voices about the benefits of a .Earth domain in our Voices.Earth podcast series.



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