As residents of a metropolis in the desert, it is natural to be concerned with water and water conservation in the Las Vegas Valley. But residents are not the only ones who think about Nevada’s water—economists, scientists, policy makers, and lawyers also have their eyes on Nevada water sources and how to best manage them for future use.

According to anarticle entitled “Bridging Science and Policy for Better Water Strategies”, supplying water to the desert of Nevada requires keeping the interests of many in mind, and scientists and policy makers need to work together to ensure that ample water is available for future generations.

Understanding Water Law

Lake Mead is the major source of water in Las Vegas.  Numerous entities have a claim on other waters throughout Nevada and Arizona, even California uses Lake Mead water. It is important that lawmakers  understand our supply and use to make good decisions for the future. Some are upset about the over use laws that are in effect, and upset when they get fined, so it is important that we all do our part to conserve where we can.

A Positive Outlook

Water conservation in Nevada is something that should concern everyone residing in the state, but not because of an imminent crisis or water shortage. Water usage in the Las Vegas metro area has actually decreased by 30% in the last year, despite the fact that the population has increased by more than 180,000 people.

Several things have contributed to the decrease in water usage, such as fewer pools being built, fewer people planting grass lawns, and an increase in the number of households using energy efficient appliances that are designed to conserve water. While drought conditions have persisted for over 15 years,  Nevada is actually not in the position of other water-starved states, such as California. One of the keys to Nevada’s success is the fact that residents, especially those living in the desert areas of the state, have embraced lifestyle changes and realize the importance of water conservation.

Water Conservation Tips

As a desert-dweller, there are many things you can do to conserve water and do your part to help ensure that Nevada does not face a water emergency. One of the easiest places to save water is in your yard. Focus on landscaping with native plants that do not require a lot of water, place mulch around flowers and plants to retain moisture in the ground and run your sprinklers and drip system at night to reduce evaporation. Small changes made by the whole population of the state can result in hundreds of thousands of gallons of water saved.