1. Hire a qualified pro to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.

  2. If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.

  3. When sprucing up your front or backyard, consider xeriscaping. This landscape method uses low-water-use plants to limit your…

  4. Use a layer of organic mulch on the surface of your planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for…

  5. Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.

  6. Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.

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

  8. Test your co-workers or employees on topics like xeriscape, WaterSense®, and high-efficiency toilets. See how water-wise they are.

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

  10. Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements.

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

  12. See how your water use stacks up to others by calculating your daily water use.

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

  14. Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.

  15. While you wait for hot water, collect the running water and use it to water plants.

  16. Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.