1. Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. Were a pipe to burst, this could save gallons…

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

  3. Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low-water-use plant and save up to…

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

  5. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

  7. Pruning properly can help your plants use water more efficiently.

  8. Collect water from your roof by installing gutters and downspouts. Direct the runoff to plants and trees.

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

  10. Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.

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

  12. Avoid planting grass in areas that are hard to water, such as steep inclines and isolated strips along…

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

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

  15. Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.

  16. Plant species native to your region.