Water early in the morning to help reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation.
When watering, position your sprinkler to avoid watering hard surfaces like driveways and patios.
Sweep don't spray. Use a broom to clear driveways, sidewalks and patios instead of a hose.
If you have an irrigation system, make sure it's running efficiently. Consider installing a rain sensor. Rain sensors save water by turning off your system when it rains.
If you are concerned about the efficiency of your irrigation system, contact a Water Smart Irrigation Professional and ask them to complete a water efficient assessment for your residential or business irrigation system.
Add a three-inch layer of mulch to your garden. This will help retain moisture in the soil during dry periods.
Weed on a regular basis. Weeds use water and other nutrients that are needed to sustain healthy plants in the garden.
Mow at higher height and mulch clippings. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. The longer grass will shade the roots and help retain moisture in the soil.
Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater for watering gardens and landscapes.
Determine the water needs of your garden. Water deeply but infrequently and adjust to the season and weather.
Limit the amount of water you use to water your lawn. Grass only requires 25mm or 1 inch of water per week (including rainfall) to encourage deep, strong root growth to allow for the lawn to manage hot, dry periods in the summer.
Choosing perennials, shrubs and trees will save you time and water as they grow each year and need minimal watering after they are established. Take a look at our Fusion Garden plant list for ideas.
If you have a pool, use a cover to reduce water loss through evaporation.
Check all your outside taps, hoses, faucets and sprinklers for leaks. Stopping a drip can save a lot of water and money.
Take your vehicle to a car wash instead of washing in your driveway