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

  2. Read the Landscape Watering by the Numbers guidebook to help you determine how long and how much to water.

  3. Consider attending a landscape class hosted by a water provider. Most workshops occur in the spring and fall.

  4. For hanging baskets, planters and pots, put ice cubes on top of the soil to give your plants…

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

  6. Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low-water-use plant and save up to…

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

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

  9. Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.

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

  11. Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and…

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

  13. Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.

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

  15. Signs of overwatering: Leaves turn lighter shades of green or yellow, young shoots wilt, and sometimes algae or…

  16. Minimize or eliminate the use of waterfalls and sprays in your pool. Aeration increases evaporation.