WATER SAVING SUGGESTIONS FROM THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES.
Arizona had an aquifer go dry. Now they have a very aggressive program to
protect against additional aquifers going dry in their state
#1. There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.
#2. When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
#3. Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance checkup. For more efficient cooling, check your evaporative cooler annually.
#4. Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
#5. Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1,000 gallons a month.
#6. Avoid planting turf in areas that are hard to water such as steep inclines and isolated strips along sidewalks and driveways.
#7. Install covers on pools and spas to avoid water evaporation.
#8. Use the garbage disposal less often.
#9. Plant during the spring or fall when the watering requirements are lower.
#10. Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks.
#11. Check your water meter and bill to track your water usage.
#12. Always water during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler, to minimize evaporation.
#13. Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partially filled with water instead of running water from the tap.
#14. Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth, and reduce weeds.
#15. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save up to 80 gallons of water every time.
#16. If your shower head can fill a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, then replace it with a water-efficient shower head.
#17. Reuse the water that you washed produce in for watering house plants or for cleaning.
#18. Water your lawn in several short sessions rather than one long one. This will allow the water to be better absorbed.
#19. We're more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses for leaks.
#20. Periodically check your pool for leaks if you have an automatic refilling device.
#21. Only water your lawn when needed. You can tell this by simply walking across your lawn. If you leave footprints, it's time to water.
#22. When you shop for a new appliance, keep in mind that one offering several different cycles will be more water and energy-efficient.
#23. Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You'll save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
#24. Install low-volume toilets.
#25. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass will reduce the loss of water to evaporation.
#26. When you clean your fish tank, use the water you've drained on your plants. The water is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, providing you with a free and effective fertilizer.
#27. Water small areas of grass by hand to avoid waste.
#28. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl, you have a leak. It's easy to fix, and can save more than 600 gallons a month.
#29. Plug the bathtub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
#30. Use porous materials for walkways and patios to keep water in your yard and prevent wasteful runoff.
#31. Collect and use rain water for watering your garden. (Check to make sure this is legal in your area.
#32. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day. This will cut down on the number of times you run your dishwasher.
#33. Instead of using a hose or a sink to get rid of paints, motor oil, and pesticides, dispose of them properly by recycling or sending them to a hazardous waste site.
#34. Install a rain shut-off device on your automatic sprinklers to eliminate unnecessary watering.
#35. Don't use running water to thaw food.
#36. Choose a water-efficient drip irrigation for your trees, shrubs, and flowers.
#37. Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It's simple, inexpensive, and can save 140 gallons a week.
#38. Cut back on the amount of grass in your yard by planting shrubs and ground cover or landscaping with rock.
#39. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
#40. Teach your children to turn the faucets off tightly after each use.
#41. Remember to check your sprinkler system valves periodically for leaks and keep the heads in good shape.
#42. Before you lather up, install a low-flow showerhead. They're inexpensive, easy to install, and can save your family more than 500 gallons a week.
#43. Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
#44. Don't water your lawn on windy days.
#45. Water deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes.
#46. Make sure you know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save gallons of water and damage to your home if a pipe were to burst.
#47. When watering grass on steep slopes, use a soaker hose to prevent wasteful runoff.
#48. To get the most from your watering time, group your plants according to their water needs.
#49. Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light, and water.
#50. While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.