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Simple Ways to Help Conserve Water in Southern Nevada

Here’s a mind-blowing figure: According to Albert Mack and Bill Jones from Tough Turtle Turf (toughturtleturf.com), the average household in Las Vegas uses 55,000 gallons of water a year. Given that we live in the desert and water is an ever-pressing issue, it’s up to each of us to be mindful of our water consumption.

The biggest water hog? Those perfectly manicured lawns that bring so much joy when the weather calls for outdoor time. But you can still get the same results by designing your backyard to be drought-friendly, such as adopting xeriscaping or using artificial turf instead of grass. “The Water Authority offers rebates to customers— $3 per square foot for switching your lawn to turf,” Jones says. “That’s money that goes directly to the customer.”

Beyond your backyard, here are some ways to decrease your water consumption.

• Install low-flow showerheads. A conventional showerhead uses up to 5 gallons of water every minute, while a low-flow one uses half as much. Even better: Set a timer for five minutes or limit your shower to one song on a playlist. Sorry, bath lovers. Baths use up to 50 gallons of water; make your soak an occasional treat.

• While waiting for the water to heat up when taking a shower, catch that water in a bucket and use it to water plants.

• Check regularly for leaks in faucets or the toilet. Need a reminder? Do it when the clocks change twice a year.

• Only run the dishwasher or the washing machine when it’s full.

• Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Train your kids to do the same.

SOURCE: Las Vegas Weekly