1. When sprucing up your front or backyard, consider xeriscaping. This landscape method uses low-water-use plants to limit your…

  2. Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. Were a pipe to burst, this could save gallons…

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

  4. If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better…

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

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

  7. Use a layer of organic mulch on the surface of your planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for…

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Avoid overseeding your lawn with winter grass. Ryegrass needs water every few days, whereas Dormant Bermuda grass needs…

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

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

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