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Southern Nevada Water Authority

Water Smart Home Features

Water Smart Home Features

Features of a Water Smart Home include
water-efficient faucets and showerheads.

Water Smart Homes can save as much as 75,000 gallons of water per year per home compared to a home built a decade ago.

The features of a Water Smart Home built as part of this Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) program include:

Landscapes

  • Front yards have water-smart landscaping, including trees, flowers and groundcover
  • Backyard has a lawn less than 50 percent of the landscapable area, not exceeding 1,000 square feet
  • Living lawns are not permitted in front yards; artificial turf is allowed
  • No ornamental water features

Swimming Pools

  • Combined pool and spa surface area is deducted from grass allowance
  • Pool drain/sewer clean-out port is enclosed and clearly marked for convenient access
  • Pools may not feature decorative water features that drop or propel water more than 24 inches above the main water surface

Plumbing and Equipment

  • Homes include high-efficiency WaterSense-labeled fixtures such as toilets, showerheads, and faucets
  • When offered, appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, water softeners, and water treatment systems must meet minimum program standards
  • No evaporative air conditioning systems
  • Each home includes a hot water system that minimizes wasted water before delivery of hot water
  • Indoor and outdoor water pressure is regulated to a maximum of 60 psi using a pressure regulating valve (PRV) downstream of the water meter when necessary

Irrigation Systems

  • Irrigation systems are designed to eliminate runoff
  • Separate control zones (valves) are provided for different plant and irrigation types
  • Sprinkler heads are used only to water grass and have a four-inch or greater pop-up height
  • Drip irrigation systems are required for planter beds and equipped with a pressure regulator, filter, flush end assembly and other components
  • Irrigation controllers must meet minimum program standards
  • Non-grass areas include a minimum 2-inch layer of mulching material (if used, weed barrier fabric must be permeable to air and water)
  • Builder-installed landscaping includes a one-year limited warranty

Technical Standards

Find out what criteria and technical standards determine a Water Smart Home and review the Water Smart Home Program Requirement Summary.

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