1. Report all broken pipes to the ASADA immediately.
  2. Run appliances sparingly. Only wash dishes and clothes on a full load.
  3. Check your entire home for leaks. Read your water meter, stop using water for 2 hours, and read again. If the meter is spinning or readings differ, you have a leak.
  4. Repair visible leaks. Even a small drip wastes more than 50 gallons a day. If you rent, report a leak to the property manager if you don’t feel comfortable fixing it.
  5. Check your toilets for leaks. Add food coloring to the toilet tank once a month. If the toilet has a leak, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.
  6. Upgrade to low-flow showerheads, which use less than half as much water as conventional ones and could save you an estimated 800 gallons a month.
  7. Retrofit household faucets with aerators to restrict flow and reduce water waste.
  8. Reduce shower time. If all family members shorten their showers by 1 to 2 minutes, you will save an estimated 700 gallons of water a month.
  9. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth to save 3 gallons a day.
  10. Flush toilets only when necessary. Don’t flush insects, tissue, or other waste.
  11. Defrost meat in the refrigerator. Avoid thawing food under running water.
  12. Soak pots and pans before washing.
  13. Reuse cooking water. After it cools, use it to water house plants.
  14. Rinse produce under in a pan, not under running water. Save up to 200 gallons of water a month.
  15. Reuse towels multiple times. Adopt this practice at home and in hotels.
  16. Cover swimming pools to reduce evaporation.
  17. Adjust irrigation regularly. Aim water where it’s needed, not the side of the house or the patio, and turn off the hose from mid-morning to early afternoon.
  18. Landscape strategically. Consult a landscape professional or research drought- resistant, drought-tolerant gardens.
  19. Take advantage of the weather. Install rain barrels or tanks under downspouts to catch runoff during a storm. Use rainwater in the garden to keep plants moist.