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Conservation facts and achievements

Since 1991, the Water Authority has developed and implemented one of the most 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 47 percent between 2002 and 2020, even as the population increased by more than 780,000 residents during that time.

Record-breaking results

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Water Smart Landscape Rebate Program

  • 200 million square feet of grass removed
  • 152 billion gallons of water saved since the Water Smart Landscape Rebate program began in 1999
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Water Efficient Technologies Program

Chrome shower head.

Water Smart Homes

  • Nearly 13,000 homes were built via the Water Smart Homes program
  • 14 billion gallons of water were saved through the program from 2005 to 2020


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Pool Cover Instant Rebate Coupon Program

  • More than 45,000 coupons distributed before the program was retired in June 2020
  • Estimated 5.6 billion gallons of water saved
For more information about the history of SNWA's conservation program, read the Conservation Plan.

Consumptive use

Unlike water used indoors, water used outdoors and for cooling is lost to our water system as it cannot be treated and reused. As a result, outdoor water use is the focus of our conservation efforts.

Consumptive use of water doesn't qualify for return-flow credits because it is not returned to our water system.

Water use in Southern Nevada

This water use infographic is described below.

Infographic displaying that Southern Nevada has 70 percent of the state's population and 70 percent of the state's economic output yet uses less than 5 percent of the water available for use in Nevada.

This Southern Nevada Resorts water use infographic is described below.

Infographic showing that Southern Nevada resorts employ 22 percent of the state's workforce and use about one tenth of one percent of the water available in Nevada.

Southern Nevada water use by sector

This comparison chart is described below.

Pie chart comparing water users of Southern Nevada. Single family 43.4 percent, Multi family 16.2 percent, Resorts 6.9 percent, Golf cources six percent, Schools, Government and Parks, 5.7 percent, Common areas 6.1 percent, Other 2.4 percent.

Based upon 2019 municipal metered use.

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