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.
Conservation efforts in the Las Vegas Valley have helped the community reduce its per capita water use by 37 percent between 2002 and 2015, even as the population increased by more than half a million residents during that time.
In 2015, Southern Nevada used 125 gallons per capita per day. (Note: This number reflects water from all sources used by residents and businesses served by municipal water providers, as well as recovered indoor water treated and returned to the Colorado River system and water used by 40 million annual visitors. Because different water agencies' calculation methodologies vary, comparing cities' water efficiency through the use of this metric is not recommended.)
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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