Saving 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

Learn more about making water-saving changes in your home.

Video demonstration of stopping a toilet leak Video demonstration of how to find pool leaks Video demonstration of a low flow shower head

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 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.

More information

For even more water-saving tips, and to find out how SRP has helped bring water from the mountains to the Valley for more than 100 years, please visit