Southern Nevada has dramatically reduced
its water use since 2002.
Since 1991, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) has developed and implemented one of the most progressive and comprehensive water conservation programs in the nation.
Between 2002 and 2014, Southern Nevada’s consumption of Colorado River water decreased by 32 billion gallons — a more than 43 percent reduction in net per capita water use — despite the addition of 500,000 residents during that time.
Total System GPCD
The SNWA Board of Directors set conservation goals that the community has met or surpassed. In 2009, the board adopted a goal of 199 gallons per capita per day (GPCD) to be achieved by 2035.
The community lowered total system GPCD to 205 in 2014, well on target to meeting the goal outlined in SNWA’s Conservation Plan.
Net Consumptive GPCD
In addition, net consumptive water use in 2014 was 118 gallons per capita per day. "Net" refers to the portion of water Southern Nevada consumes, rendering it unavailable for recycling or water reuse. Net GPCD represents Southern Nevada’s water footprint on Colorado River and is more comparable to the GPCD of other western cities.
Southern Nevadans adopted a number of water conservation measures, including watering restrictions and landscape restrictions, to reduce community water use. Participation in the SNWA’s rebate programs has realized record-breaking results:
For more information about the history of SNWA's conservation program, read the Conservation Plan.
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