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Click here to read about Nevada’s 2023 accomplishments in the 2023 Annual Report.

Here’s an excerpt from the report:

“While Southern Nevada remains in a Tier 1 federally declared shortage, our region continues to use less than our Colorado River annual allocation, thanks in large part to community conservation. In 2023, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) introduced even more incentives to its already world- renowned conservation programming in combination with new ordinances to ensure our valley’s current and future sustainability.
 
“Assembly Bill 220, signed into law in June 2023, introduced several groundbreaking initiatives in water management. The legislation prohibits new septic systems in areas served by the Colorado River while also establishing funding and a financial assistance program for current septic system owners interested in connecting to the municipal sewer system. The initiative is projected to capture hundreds of millions of gallons annually for reuse in the Las Vegas Valley.
 
“In addition, the legislation provides the ability to limit water use at single-family homes to approximately half an acre-foot per year in certain emergency federal shortage conditions – placing limitations on the community’s top residential water users – and managed with oversight by the SNWA Board of Directors.
 
“The law also requires new development to install water-efficient irrigation controllers, prohibits grass in new development and requires functional turf to be watered efficiently.”