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

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

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

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

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

  6. When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to…

  7. Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.

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

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

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

  11. Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture, saving water, time and money.

  12. If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.

  13. Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops and mist often evaporate…

  14. Instead of building a private pool, join a community pool.

  15. Plant in the spring and fall, when the watering requirements are lower.

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