Southern Nevada has dramatically reduced
its water use since 2002.
The SNWA accomplished its previous conservation goal two years early and, in 2009, the SNWA Board of Directors set the bar even higher, asking the community to reduce its average water use by an additional 20 percent by 2035.
Between 2002 and 2011, Southern Nevada’s consumption of Colorado River water decreased by approximately 36 billion gallons, despite the addition of 400,000 residents during that decade. While some of the more recent reductions in water use undoubtedly can be attributed to economic conditions, there is no question that the community’s conservation efforts played a critical role.
Additional conservation will continue to be an important element in planning and balancing the various water supply and infrastructure needs in Southern Nevada, as identified in SNWA's Water Resource Plan. Continued conservation, coupled with the acquisition and development of additional water resources, will allow the SNWA to meet projected water demands through 2060.
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