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.