Arizona is an arid, drought-prone state. Its water resources are limited even during wet years. Our continual population growth increases our demand for water. Arizona has been in some stage of drought since the mid-1990’s. We can’t control the weather, but with proper planning and preparedness, we can greatly reduce the severity of drought impacts. By using water wisely and conserving whenever possible, we can sustain water supplies into the future.
Water Conservation Tips Before a Drought
Replace high water flow plumbing and fixtures with low-flow fixtures.
Find out how much water you use in your home and how much water can be saved.
Fix leaking faucets and replace faulty fixtures.
Operate automatic dishwashers only when they are fully loaded. Use the "light wash" feature, if available.
Avoid letting the water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving.
Store drinking water in the refrigerator. Do not let the tap run while you are waiting for water to cool.
Operate clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or set the water level for the size of your load.
Repair outdoor irrigation system leaks.
Reset irrigation timers seasonally.
Landscape with drought-tolerant/low water use plants.
Follow state and local water use laws.
Indoor Water Conservation Tips
Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects, and other waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
Avoid taking baths—short showers are best—turn on water only to get wet and lather and then again to rinse off.
Hand wash dishes by filling two containers—one with soapy water and the other with rinse water containing a small amount of chlorine bleach.
Avoid wasting water waiting for it to get hot. Capture it for other uses such as watering plants. You can also heat it on the stove or in a microwave.
Avoid using running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave oven.
Outdoor Water Conservation Tips
Reduce discretionary outdoor water uses (home car washing, pool refills, etc.).
Capture rain water for later use.
Use covers to reduce evaporation from pools.
Redirect pool back wash to landscaping rather than releasing it into the street or alley.
Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
Avoid over watering your lawn and water only when needed.
If your lawn needs watering, water it early in the morning or later in the evening, when temperatures are cooler. Avoid outdoor watering during hottest part of the day.
Check your sprinkler system and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered.
Water in several short sessions rather than one long one, in order for your lawn to better absorb moisture and avoid runoff.
Avoid leaving hoses unattended. A garden hose can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours.
Know the emergency plans for your area.
Continue to implement water conservation measures.