Whether you’re living off the land or living off the fat of your labor, even spending a day in our unique city can be exhausting. Certainly, when planted in the desert, there’s only so much that air conditioning units, ice bars and aquariums can do. Because the most useful thing to do in Vegas to keep yourself properly operational is to make water conservation a paramount priority. Nothing’s more important than making sure that the water resources and prolonged megadroughts don’t get any bigger than they have. Which is to say, your best bet of survival in Sin City is not liquidating your funds, but saving every drop of liquid you can. And that’s just what the local government is intent on doing to keep the locals safe from danger.
But in what ways?
For starters, it’s relatively crucial to ban mega-pools. According to the Southern Nevada Water Authority, too many giant pools can be detrimental to the water supply, as no one needs a resort-sized body of water at a single-family home. In fact, new building code only limits new pools to be no bigger than 600 square feet. That’s a major improvement that will help the Las Vegas Valley Water District save 32 million gallons of water throughout the next decade. Of course, the intention was to prevent people from building pools they don’t even use, that happens to just be laying there year-round.
Additionally, indoor water is likely to be safe enough to reclaim. By which I mean, treat the water to clean standards and return it to the primary water source of Las Vegas: Lake mead. 90% of water comes from the nearby Lake Mead, which is admittedly, he larges man-made reservoir in the country, as it keeps falling to new depths.
Other ideas include banning frivolous ornamental water displays at resort hotels, lest the feature turns out to be totally inside and supplied by a privately-owned water source. Additionally, grass that doesn’t work for any other reason than to be ornamental is essentially unnecessary patches of plants being fed water for nothing! Though, speaking of irrigation, the city’s water authority thinks it a good idea to rotate the water schedule based on the time of the year. Plus, there are waste water investigators that can contact property owners, show them the issue and allow them to fix the problem. If there is waste that gets wasted for much too long, then the owners themselves are to be fined at a starting bill of $80.
Ultimately, one thing to acknowledge is how Vegas gets hit by monsoonal rain storms, otherwise known as flash floods. Perhaps utilizing the run-off of those freak incidents could be fruitful for anyone and everyone who looks to save on their water bill that week. Sometimes, such a community effort to simultaneously shut their valves can save about 250 million gallons of H2O!
If we can accept that Las Vegas is a desert city, then it could be to your advantage, as you’ll save money when promoting water conservation.