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

  2. Consider attending a landscape class hosted by a water provider. Most workshops occur in the spring and fall.

  3. Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won’t run when it’s raining.

  4. For more immediate hot water and energy savings, insulate hot water pipes.

  5. If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.

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

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

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

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

  10. Use porous material for walkways and patios to prevent wasteful runoff and keep water in your yard.

  11. Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots, where it’s needed.

  12. Plant species native to your region.

  13. Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run…

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

  15. Water your summer lawns once every three days and your winter lawn once every five days.

  16. Use a pool cover to help keep your pool clean, reduce chemical use and prevent water loss through…