In regions already facing water shortages, heavy landscaping poses a significant problem. Lush lawns andwater-hungry flora options are a poor choice in such settings. Water-saving and minimizing options should be used whenever possible, so as to reduce drought and maximize existing water sources. When possible, plants that use less water should be used, particularly native species. Collected rainwater can be used in gardens and on lawns, and those with the ability may collect household water as well. The preservation and expansion of wetlands is an extremely important strategy in conserving water, as they are also natural filtration systems, while providing significant environmental benefit.