A few luscious plants, a rain-fed tree and native shrubs can actually cool things down and save water in the long term.
So far, Utah’s political leaders have encouraged more of a volunteer spirit in the drought. But Las Vegas’s experience tells us voluntary conservation may not be enough.
Strict laws regulating water waste are working — southern Nevada recorded a 26% drop in water use since 2002.
“Las Vegas is showing it can be done, it can be successful and it can be done with community support,” a Nevada water authority leader says.