A growing concern? Examining the influence of lawn size on residential water use in suburban Boston, MA, USA


In the US, households devote a considerable share of their annual water use to outdoor purposes. Existing literature suggests that residential lawns are a major driver of this outdoor use, especially in suburban settings. Yet this has not been tested using a broad-scope, fine-scale, and spatially explicit dataset. This paper presents a spatially explicit analysis of the relationship between household lawns and water use in suburban Boston for the year 2005, and extrapolates this relationship to the year 2030 under different scenarios…

Landscape and Urban Planning