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Ensure your roof is clean and collect water from your roof by installing gutters and downspouts. Direct the runoff to plants and trees or your well/cistern.
  • Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your yard/garden that needs water.
  • When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
  • Use a pool cover to help keep your pool clean, reduce chemical use and prevent water loss through evaporation.
  • Make sure your swimming pools, fountains and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.
  • If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.
  • Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.
When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.
Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks. Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. Were a pipe to burst, this could save litres of water and prevent damage.
Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
Install a small water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.
Scrape dishes rather than rinsing them before washing.
Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
Some commercial refrigerators and ice-makers are cooled with water. Upgrade to air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
Publish your organization’s monthly water use to show progress toward water-saving goals.
When ice cubes are left-over from your drink, don’t throw them out. Pour them on a plant.
Limit turf areas at your facility and stick to indigenous plants.
Shut off water to unused areas of your facility to eliminate waste from leaks or unmonitored use.

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Report leaks in bathrooms and kitchens to facility managers or maintenance personnel.

Implement a water management plan for your facility, then educate employees on good water habits through newsletters and posters.

Water audit your facility to find out your recommended water use, then monitor your utility bills to gauge your monthly consumption.

Consider and compare water use when purchasing ice makers, dishwashers, reverse osmosis units, coolers and cleaning equipment.

Saving water on your landscape adds up quickly. Send the person in charge of your landscape to an irrigation workshop.

Consider turning your high-maintenance water feature/fountain into a low-maintenance art feature or planter.

Be sure your irrigation system is watering only the areas intended, with no water running onto walks, streets or down the gutter.

Inspect your landscape irrigation system regularly for leaks or broken sprinkler heads and adjust pressures to specification.

Give your landscape proper amounts of irrigation water. Determine water needs, water deeply but infrequently, and adjust to the season.

Put decorative fountains on timers and use only during work or daylight hours. Check for leaks if you have automatic refilling devices.

Wash company vehicles at commercial car washers that recycle water.

Wash company vehicles as needed rather than on a schedule. Stretch out the time in between washes.

When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They are more water and energy efficient.

To avoid under- or overwatering crops, carefully monitor the weather forecast, as well as soil and plant moisture, and adapt your irrigation schedule to the current conditions.
Store water by collecting it directly from rainfall or a clean roof through the use of tanks, wells or a water reservoir.
Be sure your irrigation system is watering only the areas intended, with no water running onto walks, streets or down the gutter.
Schedule watering for the cooler parts of the day, to reduce water loss through evaporation.
Mulch (both organic and plastic mulch) is a material spread on top of the soil to conserve moisture. Mulch improves the soil’s water retention capacity as it reduces the water lost through evaporation. The availability of more water during the hot season therefore results in less watering.
Plants help protect the soil, reduce weeds, increase soil fertility and organic matter, help prevent erosion and compaction. Plant roots also allow water to easily penetrate the soil and improve its water-holding capacity.

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