10 Easy Water Conservation Ideas

  1. If you have pressure irrigation, use it. While every year is different, this year the shortage is affecting mainly our culinary supply. If you have the option to use the pressure irrigation system, please use that water instead of culinary (drinking) water to water your plants.
  2. Take a Water Use Survey. It takes just a few minutes to assess your indoor and outdoor water use. slowtheflow.org/index.php/water-use-survey
  3. Adjust your sprinklers according to the weather. The Weekly Lawn Watering Guide at slowtheflow.org will give you a general idea of how much you need to water in each season.
  4. Make sure your sprinklers are working properly and
    efficiently
    . Check for broken or maladjusted heads that waste water.
  5. Water early in the morning if possible, and never between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  6. Schedule a free water check to analyze the efficiency of your sprinkler system at slowtheflow.org.
  7. Attend a free class or event to learn more about water-wise practices. Check slowtheflow.org and conservationgardenpark.org.
  8. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways, sidewalks, and decks.
  9. Use low-flow shower heads and toilets when renovating or replacing fixtures.
  10. Take the kids to a public pool or water park instead of using a water-wasting slip-n-slide. They can still run through the sprinklers – just not between 10 and 6!