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Outdoor Water Saving Tips
Save Water When Gardening or Landscaping
In the Garden
  • Water in the early morning before the sun is overhead. Water your landscaping no more than three days per week* in the summer. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage deep roots. Turn your sprinkler system down in the fall, and off in the winter.*If a water shortage emergency ordinance is in effect it may specify less days per week.
  • Use a cycle and soak method to prevent runoff, in other words, run the sprinkler for shorter intervals 2-3 times during the day instead of one long period.
  • Adjust sprinklers to avoid watering the sidewalk or driveway.
  • Install drip irrigation for shrubs, trees and gardens. Use mulch to retain soil moisture.
  • Reduce lawn areas and choose native and drought tolerant plants for your landscape.

Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose. When cleaning your sidewalk or driveway, use a broom instead of a hose. Get your car washed at a commercial car wash that recycles water.

Additional Information
Check out our water conservation links and our resources page to find more tips and online technical assistance from ACWD’s partner organizations. You may also request additional water conservation information through our online Brochure Request Form, or by contacting ACWD's Water Conservation Department at (510) 668-4218 or email us. We have a variety of brochures and booklets available to help you conserve water.