There are a number of strategies we can use to limit our water use and conserve this precious resource. These tips range from simple practices to more involved lifestyle changes. We invite you to familiarize yourselves with the methods on this page and adapt a few – or all! – of them in your home, your workplace, and your daily life.
If each person can implement a single water-wise principle, we can collectively work our way to significant water savings. If we each save a little, we’ll all save a lot. Slow the Flow: Save H2O.
- Adjust your watering schedule to the season
- Turn off your irrigation and sprinkler systems if it is windy or raining
- Look for the yellow water-wise tag when you buy plants
- Group plants with similar water needs together
- Cover pools or hot tubs to avoid evaporation
- Start with a small area of your landscaping and make it water-wise
- Raise your lawn-mower to a cutting level of 3″: Longer grass leads to a healthier root system
- Regularly monitor your sprinkler system to check for:
- Malfunctioning valves
- Broken sprinkler heads or pipes
- Water spraying sidewalks or driveways
- Inefficient watering patterns
- Water brown spots in the lawn by hand, rather than turning on the entire system
- Don’t water your lawn everyday, only when it needs it
- Don’t water during the heat of the day, or between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving
- Place water-efficient appliances in your home, including slow-flow showerheads
For more information and tips on water conservation, visit www.slowtheflow.org.