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

  2. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.

  3. Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.

  4. When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.

  5. While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.

  6. If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.

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

  8. Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a…

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

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

  11. Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run…

  12. When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it…

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

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

  15. Hire a WaterSense® irrigation partner to help with your landscape.

  16. When buying a washer, check the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.