1. When back-washing your pool, consider using the water on salt-tolerant plants in the landscape.

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

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

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

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

  6. If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (blades don’t spring back up), then it is time to water.

  7. Use a pool cover to help keep your pool clean, reduce chemical use and prevent water loss through…

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

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

  10. Use porous material for walkways and patios to prevent wasteful runoff and keep water in your yard.

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

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

  13. Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops and mist often evaporate…

  14. Visit your local xeriscape garden to view plants that thrive in our hot desert environment.

  15. Use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater from gutters for watering gardens and landscapes.

  16. Spring is a great time to give your irrigation system a checkup to ensure it’s working efficiently.