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

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

  3. If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (blades don’t spring back up), then it is time to water.

  4. Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance check. For more efficient cooling, check your evaporative cooler annually.

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

  6. Read the Landscape Watering by the Numbers guidebook to help you determine how long and how much to water.

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

  8. Signs of overwatering: Leaves turn lighter shades of green or yellow, young shoots wilt, and sometimes algae or…

  9. Minimize or eliminate the use of waterfalls and sprays in your pool. Aeration increases evaporation.

  10. Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.

  11. Use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater from gutters for watering gardens and landscapes.

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

  13. Remember to periodically check your sprinkler system valves for leaks, and to keep sprinkler heads in good shape.

  14. Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.

  15. Make sure your swimming pools, fountains and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.

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