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Outdoor Water Saving Tips
Dig into different ways to garden, maintain your lawn, and choose the right tools to reduce outdoor water usage and maximize benefits and savings. Use this checklist to kick start your conservation habit!

  • Opt for younger, smaller plants that need less time and water to get established.
  • Use a broom to clean walkways and driveways instead of the hose.
  • When you wash your car, use a commercial carwash. Conveyor-style car washes are required to recycle at least 50 percent of water that they use. They typically lose less than two gallons per vehicle.
  • If you do wash your car at home, use a bucket of water instead of a running hose to cut down on water waste.
  • Control the flow on your hose with an auto shut-off nozzle. An open hose flows about six gallons per minute.
  • Install rain barrels to collect rainwater from your gutters and use it for watering plants during dry spells.
  • Choose plants suited for our region; dogwoods and azaleas are more than perennial favorites, they’re Georgia natives.
  • Don’t buy recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
  • If you have a pool, install a pool cover and reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation by up to 90 percent. That’s an average savings of 6,000 to 8,000 gallons per year.
  • Check your swimming pool regularly for leaks by performing the bucket test. A leaky swimming pool can waste more than 100,000 gallons of water per year.