Outdoor

  • Convert from high-water using lawns, trees, and shrubs to drought-tolerant plants
  • Use your water sprinkler early in the morning
  • Spring watering: 2 minutes, twice a day or 5 minutes once a day
  • Summer watering hours: Water your lawn before 6:00 am and after 9:00pm
  • Mulch around plants reducing evaporation and discouraging weeds
  • Avoid runoff and make sure sprinklers cover just the lawn and garden, not sidewalk or driveways
  • Do Not Water on windy days
  • During the spring most plants need approximately half the amount needed in the summer
  • Remove weeds and unhealthy plants so remaining plants can benefit from the water saved
  • Sweep (never hose) your driveway, patio and sidewalk
  • Lower pool water to reduce amount of water splashed out
  • Install pool/spa covers to reduce evaporation: save up to 900 gallons/month
  • Use a bucket of water and one short rinse to wash your car
  • Adhere to outdoor watering schedule
  • No outdoor watering for 48 hours after measurable rain
  • No use of hoses without shut-off nozzles
  • No use of non-recirculating water fountains and decorative features
  • Landscape with drought tolerant/desert adaptive plants: save up to 1,000 gallons/month
  • Check irrigation emitters, valves, and lines for clogs, leaks, and breaks

Indoor 

  • Install a low-flow shower head and take only a 5 minute shower or 3-inch bath
  • Catch water in a bucket or watering can while waiting for water to get hot
  • Fix all leaky toilets, faucets and pipes
  • Flush toilets and use garbage disposer only when necessary
  • Turn off the water while shaving, brushing your teeth, and lathering in the shower
  • Run only full loads in dishwasher and washing machine

Winter Tips

  • Prep your water pipes to avoid water waste and costly repairs
  • Shut off and drain irrigation systems and other outdoor water lines
  • Ensure your home is well insulated to avoid cold air leaks near water pipes
  • Insulate pipes located in unheated areas of your home such as the garage, crawl space and attic