1. Water dry spot by hand instead of running the whole irrigation system longer.

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

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

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

  5. Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.

  6. Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case of malfunctions or rain.

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

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

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

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

  11. Choose the right Arizona-friendly plants and watch them thrive in our desert environment.

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

  13. Use a trowel, shovel, or soil probe to examine soil moisture depth. If the top two to three…

  14. Remember to periodically check your sprinkler system valves for leaks, and to keep sprinkler heads in good shape.

  15. Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on the soil. This keeps…

  16. Use 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons…