One of the best ways to protect the planet is by conserving water! Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by changing your water use habits year-round. Here are some tips to get you started:


  • Defrost food in the fridge instead of under running water.
  • Check near pipes and appliances, such as dishwashers and water heaters, for puddles that could signal a leak.
  • Taking a shower or bath? Use a bucket to collect water while you wait for the temperature to warm, then use it to water your plants. Or, install a tankless water heater or hot water recirculating pump.
  • Upgrade to efficient toilets and appliances.


  • Watch the weather! Remember not to irrigate during or 48 hours after rainfall, or while it is too windy.
  • Install a smart controller to adjust irrigation for you.
  • Make sure sprinklers are watering your landscape, not the pavement.
  • Sweep your driveway and sidewalk instead of using a hose.
  • Wash your vehicle at a commercial car wash that uses recycled water.

Saving water will also save you money! Remember to check with your local water agency for any rebates for toilets, efficient appliances, irrigation controllers and turf removal. Get more conservation tips and resources at