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Much of Arizona is in the Sonoran Desert. Add that to the years-long drought across the state, and Arizona has a water shortage.

Do your part to conserve water by making some changes both indoors and outdoors.


  • Fill the sink with water when washing the dishes. Don’t let the water run continuously.
  • Have your evaporative cooler inspected and maintained every year.
  • Don’t run the washer, dryer or dishwasher until it’s full.
  • Use your garbage disposal sparingly. It’s a water-waster.
  • Compare your water bill to prior months to learn if you’re using more water than usual.
  • Replace your old shower heads and toilets with new, water-efficient models.
  • When you replace your appliances, choose models with load-size and cycle adjustments.
  • Take shorter showers. You’ll save 1,000 gallons of water a month if you limit shower time to five minutes.


  • Adjust your sprinklers so they water only your lawn and not the house, sidewalk or street.
  • Cover your pool and hot tub.
  • Water lawns and plants in the morning when temperatures are cooler and less water will evaporate.
  • Mulch around plants to reduce evaporation.
  • Sweep, don’t hose, your driveway and sidewalk. You can save up to 80 gallons of water every time.
  • Water your lawn only when needed instead of on an automatic schedule. Also, install a rain shut-off device on your automatic sprinklers to eliminate unnecessary watering.
  • Let your grass grow a tiny bit longer. Longer grass shades roots so they hold moisture better than short grass.
  • Gradually replace the plants in your yard with varieties that require less water.
  • Learn exactly how much water each kind of plant on your lawn needs to stay healthy.
  • Then water the plants that much and not a drop more.

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