Utah is the second largest consumer of water per person in the nation, but Utah State University Extension is offering a program to help people cut down on wasted water by getting a free sprinkler check.
According to USU, about two-thirds of water in private homes is used on lawns and landscapes. 40 percent of that water is wasted, says Molly Waters, the university’s water check program manager.
“Water is wasted in the landscape through things as simple as watering too long, or too frequently, to having major breaks that you don’t know about,” Waters says.
When the air quality gets really bad in Utah’s valleys, residents are told to stay indoors. But is our indoor air really any better? A new study from Utah State University is helping to answer that question.
Environmental engineering professor Randy Martin says our indoor air is much cleaner than outdoors on cold inversion days. He says a lot of the hazardous PM 2.5 particles tend to evaporate in the warmer indoor environment. But he says we can also cause problems for ourselves inside.
Will Pitkin taught at Utah State University for 40 years, and after his retirement, grew a garden that inspired many more people. He passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the age of 77. KUER originally aired this story in July, 2011 but we chose to broadcast it again in his memory.