Nevada ditches grass amid record heat waves, extreme drought, and looming climate change to help conserve water. According to the Las Vegas Water Authority, outdoor water use in southern Nevada for landscaping is one of the largest uses of water.
Las Vegas has already taken out around four million square feet of grass on public property this year since southern Nevada banned non-functional grass. The new law in Las Vegas now mandates the removal of “nonfunctional” turf in favor of a desert-friendly landscape to save precious water. Water waste investigators are also patrolling neighborhoods to make note of who is watering, when, and how much they are using.
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This law is the first of its kind in the nation and may be one of the most dramatic efforts to conserve water yet. Although many may deem this as extreme, the impacts of climate change are worsening, and the growing droughts pose a threat to humans, animals, and the environment.
Lake Mead, a local reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, is located in both Nevada and Arizona. In terms of water capacity, it is the largest in the US, and the region relies on it for 90 percent of its drinking water. However, the lake is so low that there is no downstream flow, and the intake pipes that carry water downstream are already poking out above the water line.
Despite the reservoir’s potential, it has been shrinking since 2000, and now the water level is so low that the Southern Nevada Water Authority spent $1.5 billion over a decade to build a deeper pumping station to take even more water as the levels continue to drop.
Cities all over the world, from California to Vietnam, are facing droughts and climate crises. Millions of people are protesting all over the world. Read more about politics and climate change, including Manchin Restarts Talks about Climate and Social Spending Bill Previously Rejected and Climate Change Protests Take Over With Millions Continuing to Strike Across The Globe! Climate change is a top priority for young voters, and we need to care about the Green New Deal.
Climate change leads to extreme weather like droughts, floods, and fires. The single BEST thing you can do to save water is to stop eating meat and all animal products. Growing animals for livestock takes a massive amount of water. It takes nearly 660 gallons of water to just make one burger, which is equivalent to nearly two months of showering for the average person. On the other hand, it takes 1,000 gallons of water to make just one gallon of cow milk.
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