1. Signs of overwatering: Leaves turn lighter shades of green or yellow, young shoots wilt, and sometimes algae or…

  2. Conduct a facility water use inventory and identify water management goals.

  3. Have a plumber re-route your greywater to trees and plants rather than the sewer line. Check with your…

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

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

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

  7. Inspect your landscape irrigation system regularly for leaks or broken sprinkler heads and adjust pressures to specification.

  8. See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.

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

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

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

  12. Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.

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

  14. Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks.

  15. Call your local conservation office for more information about xeriscaping with water-thrifty trees, plants, and ground covers.

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