Water is one of our most precious resources and essential for life and the prosperity of Greater Phoenix. That’s why it’s important that we protect our supply.

Opportunities to cut back on usage exist through your home or business. For example, did you know outdoor watering accounts for up to 70% of household use? As you plan new landscaping or a garden, consider ways to control water usage.

Need more ideas? Browse the resources below or scroll down for more.





Older washing machines use up to 50 gallons of water, while newer front load ENERGY STAR labeled models use between 18-20 gallons. When it’s time to upgrade, compare efficiency between models. The results can lead to big savings for families. Some other ways to conserve water in the laundry room:

  • Only do full loads; or match the size of the load to the water level.
  • Use shorter wash cycles if clothes aren’t heavily soiled.
  • Pre-treat stains to prevent multiple washings.
  • Wash clothes in cold water to save water and energy while helping to retain their color.
  • Check hoses for leaks.


Swimming pools can lose up to 15,000 gallons of water annually to evaporation and even more when they leak. These tips will help reduce water loss.

  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation.
  • Check your pool for leaks; this video shows how.
  • Install a variable-speed pool pump.
  • When back-washing your pool, consider using the water on salt-tolerant plants in the landscape.