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    Published: October 19, 2015

    6 Phone Apps to Help You Save Water

    With water conservation on more and more peoples’ minds, it only makes sense that we’d see an increase in phone apps designed to help users monitor and adjust their water usage. Some of these apps are simple, free, and intended to educate. Others are highly complex interactive systems. All are intended to make a difference.


    If you are unsure how your water use stacks up against other households, Dropcountr taps directly into your water utility to provide you with a daily record of water use. You can use the app to compare your water consumption to households of similar size, learn about water regulations in your area, and discover rebates for conservation measures.


    Edyn lets you plant a solar-powered sensor in your garden, which then relays real-time growing conditions to your smartphone. At $99 it’s not cheap, but if you’re a serious gardener concerned with water conservation, it’s an excellent app. Edyn can be customized to your garden, after which it monitors when to water plants, suggests what to plant, and notifies you when it’s time to harvest.

    H2O Tracker

    This nifty free app helps you understand how much water you use. After asking a series of questions, H2O Tracker recommends areas to conserve water, awarding points for taking steps toward water conservation. While not a widespread feature, in some water districts you can redeem those points for drought-resistant seeds, showerheads, and other prizes.


    At $250, Rachio is the most expensive app on this list. The app allows remote programming of garden sprinklers, but it’s much more than a sprinkler timer. Rachio tracks weather and watering schedules so you can water your garden with minimal water waste.

    Rain Harvest

    If you’re considering conserving water by collecting runoff from your roof, Rain Harvest can help you calculate how much water you’ll be able to collect. It takes into account the square footage of your roof, how many collection points you’re planning, and the roof’s runoff efficiency (75 percent is usually a conservative guess if you are unsure).


    Water1der was designed for classrooms, making it a great app for kids, but it can also be an entertaining eye-opener for adults. A trivia app, Water1der is packed with water facts and was designed by the Groundwater Foundation.

    Looking forward, we can expect an ever-increasing amount of water-based apps to help individuals and households manage their water consumption. In addition, Pelican’s mobile website offers a wealth of information on whole house filters, water softener alternatives, and other products designed to help you stay as water-friendly as possible.