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

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

  3. Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those that spray water into the air.

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

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

  6. Hire a qualified pro to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.

  7. Avoid overseeding your lawn with winter grass. Ryegrass needs water every few days, whereas Dormant Bermuda grass needs…

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

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

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

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

  12. See how your water use stacks up to others by calculating your daily water use.

  13. Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements.

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

  15. When sprucing up your front or backyard, consider xeriscaping. This landscape method uses low-water-use plants to limit your…

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