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.     


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