1. If you have an evaporative cooler, install a recirculating pump to keep water from bleeding off with one…

  2. Visit your local xeriscape garden to view plants that thrive in our hot desert environment.

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

  4. Timing is everything when it comes to irrigation. Learn how to set your controller properly.

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

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

  7. Install a thermostat and timer on your evaporative cooler so it only operates when necessary.

  8. Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.

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

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

  11. Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those that spray water into the air.

  12. Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.

  13. Plant species native to your region.

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

  15. If you have an evaporative cooler, direct the water drain to plants in your landscape.

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