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

  2. Water dry spot by hand instead of running the whole irrigation system longer.

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

  4. Start a compost pile. Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the…

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

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

  7. For hanging baskets, planters and pots, put ice cubes on top of the soil to give your plants…

  8. Let your lawn go dormant (brown) during the winter. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three…

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

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

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

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

  13. Use a trowel, shovel, or soil probe to examine soil moisture depth. If the top two to three…

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

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

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