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Ways to Save Water Outdoors:
- Water only in late evening or early morning hours to reduce evaporation and interference from wind.
- Don’t overwater. Reduce each irrigation cycle by 1-3 minutes, or eliminate one irrigation cycle per week.
- Use a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle or a bucket to water landscaped area not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system.
- Water only after the top inch of soil is dry.
- Reset irrigation controllers and replace batteries in the spring and fall.
- Adjust sprinklers to prevent overspray and run-off.
- Repair leaks and broken sprinkler heads.
- Add 2” to 3” of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation.
- Install water-efficient drip irrigation system for trees, shrubs, and flowers to get water to the plant’s roots more efficiently.
- Upgrade to a “Smart irrigation controller” that automatically adjusts water times for hotter weather, and shuts down the system when it rains.
- Replace a portion of lawn with low-water-use plants.
Other Outdoor Ideas
- Use a broom instead of a hose to wash down patios and driveways.
- Wash vehicles at a commercial car wash or use a bucket or hose with a shut-off nozzle. Avoid washing during hot conditions when increased evaporation requires more water.
- Repair all water leaks.
- Install covers on pools and spa to reduce evaporation.
- Use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains.
Ways to Save Water Indoors:
- Run the dishwater only when full.
- Turn off water when brushing teeth.
- Shorten showers and save 2.5 gallons per minute.
- Fill the bathtub half full while bathing.
- Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket.
- Wash only full loads of clothes.
- Fix leaky toilets and faucets around the house.
- Install aerators with flow restrictors on kitchen/bathroom faucets.
- Replace older, inefficient clothes washers.
- Replace older, high–volume flushing toilets.