Conserving Water Outdoors

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It's easy to reduce your water use outdoors. Here are some suggestions, below: 

Lawn and Garden

  • Water slowly and thoroughly when it's cool and not windy. Water as little as possible, only when the yard needs it.
  • Let grass grow taller in hot weather, to preserve moisture.
  • Use mulch in the garden and around shrubs to save moisture.
  • Plant native plants and shrubs that don't need a lot of water. Consider alternatives to big, thirsty lawns.
  • Obey any watering restrictions in your community.
  • Use an automatic sprinkler system with a timer, if possible.
  • Use a hose nozzle that can be shut off. To avoid leaks, shut off water at the house when finished.
  • Check irrigation systems for leaks. Repair, replace or adjust sprinkler heads, as needed.


  • Cover swimming pools when not in use.
  • Don't overfill. This helps reduce splashing and spilling. Use a cover to slow evaporation.
  • Check the pool and filtration system for leaks. Have leaks repaired.

Washing the Car

  • When washing your car, rinse the car once, then wash from a bucket of soapy water. Rinse quickly again.