1. Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.

  2. Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while…

  3. Instead of building a private pool, join a community pool.

  4. When back-washing your pool, consider using the water on salt-tolerant plants in the landscape.

  5. Contact your water utility to see if rebates are available for purchasing water-efficient fixtures, equipment or for facility audits.

  6. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak….

  7. Look for WaterSense® labeled toilets, sink faucets, urinals and showerheads.

  8. If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.

  9. Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.

  10. While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.

  11. Consider and compare water use when purchasing ice makers, dishwashers, reverse osmosis units, coolers and cleaning equipment.

  12. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. Or, wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water…

  13. Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.

  14. Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those that spray water into the air.

  15. Hire a qualified pro to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.

  16. If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant…