1. Let your lawn go dormant (brown) during the winter. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three…

  2. Hire a Smartscape Certified professional landscaper who has received landscape training specific to the Sonoran Desert.

  3. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s…

  4. When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.

  5. Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.

  6. Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case of malfunctions or rain.

  7. Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.

  8. Spring is a great time to give your irrigation system a checkup to ensure it’s working efficiently.

  9. Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. 3/4 to 1 inch of water is…

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

  11. When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They are more water and…

  12. Call your local conservation office for more information about xeriscaping with water-thrifty trees, plants, and ground covers.

  13. Use a grease pencil to conduct a bucket test to check for pool leaks. An unnatural water level…

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

  15. Limit turf areas at your facility. Instead, landscape using xeriscape principles to cut water use in half.

  16. Plant species native to your region.