1. If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.

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

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

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

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

  6. Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.

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

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

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

  10. Avoid planting grass in areas that are hard to water, such as steep inclines and isolated strips along…

  11. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

  12. Pruning properly can help your plants use water more efficiently.

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

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

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

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