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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture, saving water, time and money.

  9. Hire a Smartscape Certified professional landscaper who has received landscape training specific to the Sonoran Desert.

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

  11. Timing is everything when it comes to irrigation. Learn how to set your controller properly.

  12. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.

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

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

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

  16. Water your summer lawns once every three days and your winter lawn once every five days.