Wash your car with a bucket of soapy water and use a nozzle to stop the flow of water from the hose between rinsing. Clean driveways and sidewalks with a broom instead of the hose. Check for leaks in outdoor faucets, pipes and hoses.
Prevent the creation of leaks by shutting off and draining water lines to outside spigots in the winter.
Cover your spa or pool to reduce evaporation. An average size pool left uncovered can lose as much as 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters) of water per month. Also, check your spa/pool for leaks and have them repaired promptly.
As much as 30% of water can be lost to evaporation by watering the lawn during midday.
Homes with in-ground sprinkler systems use 35% more water outdoors than those who do not have an in-ground system. One reason may be that system controllers are not adjusted according to seasonal irrigation needs.