1. Set a kitchen timer when using the hose as a reminder to turn it off. A running hose…

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

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

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

  5. Choose the right Arizona-friendly plants and watch them thrive in our desert environment.

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

  7. Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case of malfunctions or rain.

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

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

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

  11. Use a grease pencil to conduct a bucket test to check for pool leaks. An unnatural water level…

  12. Keep water in the pool when playing, it will save water.

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

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

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

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