Ways to conserve water:

Do not water lawns; only water recently seeded or planted landscapes or year-old vegetation.

Limit vehicle-washing activities; if you are washing, use a bucket, not a hose, and use car washes that reuse the water.

Take short showers instead of baths (collect water with a bucket while waiting for the shower to warm up). Consider bathing young children together.

Don’t run water while shaving, brushing teeth or washing dishes by hand.

Run dishwasher and washing machine only when filled to capacity.

Inspect and repair all leaking faucets, pipes, hoses and toilets.

Install shower heads and sink faucets with water-saving devices, such as aerators or spray taps, or retrofit existing showers and faucets with these devices.

Replace older toilets that use more water with newer, low-consumption toilets. (For older toilets requiring five to six gallons per flush, place a water-filled bottle inside the toilet’s water tank to use less water.)

Refrigerate tap water to avoid running the faucet for a long period to get cold water.

Sweep sidewalks and driveways — don’t hose them down.

Select more drought-tolerant vegetation and plant species for landscaping, and use mulches to retain moisture.

Direct downspouts or gutters toward shrubbery or trees, and/or collect the water in a large bucket for use elsewhere. (This is nonpotable water.)

Cover pools and spas when they are unoccupied to reduce evaporation.