1. Some commercial refrigerators and ice-makers are cooled with water. Upgrade to air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.

  2. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s…

  3. Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.

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

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

  6. Be sure your irrigation system is watering only the areas intended, with no water running onto walks, streets…

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

  8. Scrape dishes rather than rinsing them before washing.

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

  10. Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.

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

  12. Spring is a great time to give your irrigation system a checkup to ensure it’s working efficiently.

  13. Plant species native to your region.

  14. Put decorative fountains on timers and use only during work or daylight hours. Check for leaks if you…

  15. Give your landscape proper amounts of irrigation water. Determine water needs, water deeply but infrequently, and adjust to…

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