Water conservation

New limits on the grass, the coolers of the swamps: “We live in a desert. We should act like this’


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Changes are planned for the future of water use in the Las Vegas Valley.

The board of directors of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) today passed two resolutions aimed at reducing water use.

First, a limitation on turf, and second, restrictions on the installation of evaporative cooling systems – also known as swamp coolers.

Grass uses the most water, according to SNWA.

So, as new developments are built in the valley, you won’t see much greenery unless it’s man-made.

There are a few exceptions: schools, parks and cemeteries.

“We also passed AB356, which requires non-functional sod outside the single-family sector to be removed by 2027,” Pellegrino said.

“The Colorado River provides 90% of the water for this community, so it is extremely important that we do the right thing and manage our water resources responsibly. We live in a desert. We should act on it, ”said Colby Pellegrino, deputy general manager of resources for the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

“This year there have been bigger changes than usual, especially the Colorado River being in drought,” Pellegrino said.

Due to the federal declaration of a water shortage, as well as a big change in demographic projections for our community, there is a need to establish a new water conservation goal, Pellegrino said.

“So our current water conservation goal is 105 gallons per capita per day,” Pellegrino said. “So if we take all the water usage in the valley divided by the number of people who live here, that’s how we get gallons per capita per day. We are proposing to lower it from 105 gallons per capita per day to 86. “

Another recommendation on water conservation is to change your sprinkler timer when it is recommended throughout the year.