How to save water at home

Whether you have a new or an older home, making a few changes can help preserve our precious water supply. Adding water-efficient appliances and low-water-use desert landscaping is easy, and best of all, your home will do most of the work.


  • Water-efficient faucets (2.5 gallons per minute or less)
  • Water-efficient showerheads (2.5 gallons per minute or less)
  • High-efficiency toilets (1.28 gallons per flush)
  • High-efficiency dishwashers
  • Dual-flush toilet (0.8 and 1.6 gallons per flush)
  • High-efficiency clothes washers


Look for the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense label . These products are 20% more water efficient than average products in that category. Each product is independently third-party tested and certified as meeting EPA's specifications for efficiency and performance.

Do it yourself water saving tips

Learn more about making water saving changes in your home.

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Low-water-use plants

SRP's Interactive Landscape Guide provides ideas to beautify your home using low-water-use plants. Below are a few examples of species that thrive in the desert:

  • Trees: willow acacia, blue palo verde, desert willow, Indian rosewood and live oak
  • Shrubs: red bird of paradise, Baja red fairy duster, Texas sage, Baja ruellia and Arizona yellow bell
  • Ground cover and vines: bougainvillea, bush morning glory, trailing lantana, Lady Banks rose and trailing rosemary
  • Cacti, succulents and accents: agaves, purple prickly pear and red yucca
  • Perennial flowers and grasses: Angelita daisy and deer grass

To conserve, water plants and trees deeply and less frequently, and sign up to receive monthly landscape watering reminders on how much to water. Watering before sunrise reduces the amount of water lost to evaporation.

SRP has researched a variety of low-water-use and drought-resistant grasses, synthetic turf, xeriscape and soil amendments to aid in water conservation efforts. Those findings have been compiled in the Landscape Research Exhibits results .

Water management

SRP has been a steward of the Valley's water supply for more than 100 years. Find out more about the work we do.