- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Southern Nevada Water Authority wants to keep sprinklers turned off on Sundays.

The authority is recommending a change in the landscape water schedule that would ban irrigation on Sundays during the summer, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1SIZjrs ).

“We see this as an opportunity to take our conservation effort up a notch,” said Doug Bennett, authority conservation manager.

Landscape watering on Sundays is already prohibited in spring and fall, when irrigation is limited to three assigned days per week, and in winter, when it is restricted to one day per week.

Officials say limiting the landscape water schedule to six days a week would save as much as 900 million gallons of water. The change would also cost local water agencies about $1.3 million a year in lost revenue.



Water authority board members are expected to vote on the proposal at their next meeting on Thursday.

If the new rule is approved, it would have to be ratified by each of the authority’s member agencies. Bennett said that takes time and he doesn’t expect the restrictions to apply until next year. This summer, the Sunday sprinkler ban would be voluntary.

The vote comes as federal forecasters predict record lows and a possible first-ever shortage declaration in 2018 for Lake Mead, which provides much of the water for the area.

The community began conservation measures in 2003 as a temporary response to drought on the Colorado River. Those rules were made permanent as part of a broader conservation program.

Since then, the community has banned front lawns at new homes, limited grass in backyards and at commercial properties, clamped down on fountains, misters and car washes, and plowed more than $200 million into a turf-rebate program that has paid people to rip out 178 million square feet of thirsty turf and replace it with desert landscaping.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, https://www.lvrj.com

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