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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run…

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

  10. Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.

  11. Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. 3/4 to 1 inch of water is…

  12. Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.

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

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

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

  16. Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.