1. Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.

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

  3. Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.

  4. Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.

  5. Reward kids for the water-saving tips they follow.

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

  7. When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.

  8. Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.

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

  10. When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to…

  11. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s…

  12. At home or while staying in a hotel, reuse your towels.

  13. Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.

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

  15. One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks.

  16. Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.