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



#51. Avoid installing ornamental water features unless the water is being recycled.

#52. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

#53. Don't buy recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.

#54. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute. That's 200 gallons each week for a family of four.

#55. Buy a rain gauge to track how much rain or irrigation your yard receives.

#56. Encourage your school system and local government to help develop and promote a water conservation ethic among children and adults.

#57. Teach your family how to shut off your automatic watering systems so anyone who is home can turn sprinklers off when a storm is approaching.

#58. Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn by sprinkler or hose.

#59. Make sure your toilet flapper doesn't stick open after flushing.

#60. Make sure there are aerators on all of your faucets.


#61. Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low water use plant and save up to 550 gallons each year.

#62. Install an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up. This will also reduce heating costs for your household.

#63. Use a grease pencil to mark the water level of your pool at the skimmer. Check the mark 24 hours later. Your pool should lose no more than 1/4 inch each day.

#64. Spot spray or remove weeds as they appear.

#65. Use a screwdriver as a soil probe to test soil moisture.

#66. Install a drip irrigation system around your trees and shrubs to water more efficiently.

#67. Mow your lawn as infrequently as possible. Mowing puts your lawn under additional stress, causing it to require more water.

#68. Don't use the sprinklers just to cool off or for play. Running through water from a hose or sprinkler wastes gallons of water.

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

#70. Bathe your young children together.


#71. Direct downspouts or gutters toward shrubs or trees.

#72. Winterize outdoor spigots to avoid pipes from bursting or freezing.

#73. Insulate hot water pipes so you don't have to run as much water to get hot water to the faucet.

#74. Drop that tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save gallons every time.

#75. Wash your car on the grass. This will water the lawn at the same time.

#76. If you have an evaporative air conditioner, direct the water drain to a flower bed, tree, or your lawn.

#77. Make suggestions to your employer to save water (and dollars) at work.

#78. Use a hose nozzle and turn off the water while you wash your car to save more than 100 gallons.

#79. Support projects that use reclaimed waste water for irrigation and other uses.

#80. Encourage your friends and neighbors to be part of a water-conscious community.


#81. Install a toilet dam or bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to cut down on the amount of water used for each flush. Be sure these devices do not interfere with operating parts.

#82. Install water softening systems only when necessary. Save water and salt by running the minimum number of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness.

#83. Turn your water softeners off while you're on vacation.

#84. Prune back heavy foliage. Reducing leaf area reduces water needs.

#85. Report all significant water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, abandoned free-flowing wells, etc.) to the property owner, local authorities, or your water management district.

#86. If your grass is brown, it's not dead, it's just dormant. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three weeks. When the rain begins, your grass will turn green again.

#87. Start a compost pile. Using compost when you plant adds water-holding organic matter to the soil.

#88. Listen for dripping faucets and toilets that flush themselves. Fixing a leak can save 500 gallons each month.

#89. Use sprinklers that throw big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops of water and mist often evaporate before they hit the ground.

#90. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering. Be sure only to water plants when necessary.


#91. Adjust your watering schedule to the season. Water your summer lawn every third day and your winter lawn every fifth day.

#92. Cook food in as little water as possible. This will also retain more of the nutrients.

#93. If it takes you more than a few minutes to shampoo and condition your hair, turn off the faucet while you work each in, then back on to rinse.

#94. Bathe your pets outdoors in an area in need of water.

#95. Choose new water-saving appliances, like washing machines that save up to 20 gallons per load.

#96. Water only as rapidly as the soil can absorb the water.

#97. Aerate your lawn. Punch holes in your lawn about six inches apart so water will reach the roots rather than run off the surface.

#98. Select the proper size pans for cooking. Large pans require more cooking water than may be necessary.

#99. Share www.azwater.gov with everyone you know.

#100. There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start...and end...with you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Go back to page 1 of 2               

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