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Fact Sheet: Outdoor Water Efficiency

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Water conservation is the practice of using water efficiently to reduce waste.

Conservation not only helps extend water supplies during droughts, but it is also critical to meet future water demands. Let’s stretch the water that we have to keep it for tomorrow.

Typically, 40- to 50 percent of household water is used outdoors.

Finding ways to conserve around the yard and garden can make a huge difference.

  • Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler. This can save 25 gallons each time you water
  • Choose a water-efficient irrigation system, such as drip irrigation, for your trees, shrubs, and flowers. This can save 15 gallons each time you water
  • Water deeply but less frequently to create healthier root systems and landscapes
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. This can reduce outdoor water use by as much as two-thirds, or 20-30 gallons each time you water 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Know your climate and become a water-wise gardener with the right plants for your growing zone. Learn more about gardening in a Mediterranean climate, and remember native plants need less water
  • Replace lawns with native, drought-tolerant landscapes and plants. This saves 30-60 gallons when you water 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Get Smart: invest in an irrigation controller or a smart controller. These devices will automatically adjust the watering time and frequency based on soil moisture, rain, wind, and evaporation and transpiration rates
  • Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. This will save 12-15 gallons each time you water.

Download: Outdoor Water Efficieny Fact Sheet (PDF)


The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) offers incentives and rebates to help you become more water efficient. For example, receive money to remove turf grass and replace it with water-efficient landscape.

  • Toilet Rebate Program: NID treated water customer can get financial incentive to replace older toilets with high-efficient, water-saving toilets
  • Raw Water Storage Tank Rebate: The districts’ Raw Water Storage Tank Rebate Program was developed to help customers improve their irrigation water system reliability through side storage. The minimum stor-age tank allowed through the rebate program is 500 gallons.
  • Turf Removal Rebate: NID’s Turf Removal Rebate Program provides financial incentive to encourage resi-dential treated water customers to removal turf grass and replace it with water efficient landscape. The re-bate amount per residential meter is $1 per square foot of converted turf up to $1,000.

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