1. Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to…

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

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

  4. Instead of building a private pool, join a community pool.

  5. Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. 3/4 to 1 inch of water is…

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

  7. Install a thermostat and timer on your evaporative cooler so it only operates when necessary.

  8. Set water softeners for a minimum number of refills to save both water and chemicals, plus energy, too.

  9. Make sure your swimming pools, fountains and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.

  10. If you have an evaporative cooler, direct the water drain to plants in your landscape.

  11. Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.

  12. Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots, where it’s needed.

  13. Let your lawn go dormant (brown) during the winter. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three…

  14. While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.

  15. Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.

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