1. For automatic water savings, direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems to water-loving plants in your landscape.

  2. Use 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons…

  3. Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.

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

  5. When sprucing up your front or backyard, consider xeriscaping. This landscape method uses low-water-use plants to limit your…

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

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

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

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

  10. Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.

  11. Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture, saving water, time and money.

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

  13. Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house,…

  14. Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds…

  15. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.

  16. Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.