1. Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and…

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

  3. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

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

  5. Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.

  6. Conduct a facility water use inventory and identify water management goals.

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

  8. Shut off water to unused areas of your facility to eliminate waste from leaks or unmonitored use.

  9. Report broken pipes, leaky hydrants and errant sprinklers to property owners or your local water provider.

  10. If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (blades don’t spring back up), then it is time to water.

  11. Set water softeners for a minimum number of refills to save both water and chemicals, plus energy, too.

  12. Don’t forget hidden water use costs, like energy for pumping, heating and cooling, chemical treatment, and damage and…

  13. Create a goal of how much water your company can save and plan a celebration once that goal…

  14. Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on the soil. This keeps…

  15. If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.

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