1. Consider and compare water use when purchasing ice makers, dishwashers, reverse osmosis units, coolers and cleaning equipment.

  2. Have maintenance personnel regularly check your facilities for leaks, drips and other water waste.

  3. Make suggestions to your employer or school about ways to save water and money.

  4. Watch the Home Water Challenge video or use the Home Water Audit Calculator to see where you can…

  5. Look for WaterSense® labeled toilets, sink faucets, urinals and showerheads.

  6. When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up…

  7. Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while…

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

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

  10. Collect water from your roof by installing gutters and downspouts. Direct the runoff to plants and trees.

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

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

  13. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop…

  14. Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush…

  15. For automatic water savings, direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems to water-loving plants in your landscape.

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