1. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the…

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

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

  4. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak….

  5. Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons…

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

  7. If you have an evaporative cooler, install a recirculating pump to keep water from bleeding off with one…

  8. While cleaning sidewalks, a hose and nozzle use 8-12 gallons of water per minute. A pressurized Waterbroom® uses…

  9. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. Or, wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water…

  10. For hanging baskets, planters and pots, put ice cubes on top of the soil to give your plants…

  11. Visit your local xeriscape garden to view plants that thrive in our hot desert environment.

  12. Use a pool cover to help keep your pool clean, reduce chemical use and prevent water loss through…

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

  14. Hire a Smartscape Certified professional landscaper who has received landscape training specific to the Sonoran Desert.

  15. Contact your water utility to see if rebates are available for purchasing water-efficient fixtures, equipment or for facility audits.

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