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HENDERSONHAPPENINGS | Spring/Summer 2019 | April-September Dear Neighbors,
Henderson is a city of more than 314,000 people, so it is with great pride and enthusiasm that I note how
important conservation is to our community. From water to energy to recycling cans, paper and bottles,
conserving our precious natural resources means that we can all benefit from them now as well as in
Living in the Mojave Desert, the most striking opportunity to conserve for most people is with water use.
I’m sure most of you are aware we’ve been in a serious state of drought for nearly 20 years. And we find
ourselves in this position because 90 percent of the water we use in Southern Nevada comes from the
Colorado River, which means we are dependent upon snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains that makes
its way to Lake Mead and then to our homes and businesses. Evaporation and low snowfall have led to
the shortage and this is why you see that big bathtub ring around Lake Mead, which shows how the lake
level has dropped more than 130 feet since 2000.
Despite this serious situation, our quality of life hasn’t changed. We still use water, take showers, wash
our cars and clothes. So, what’s the key to our success? Conservation! The City of Henderson is a
member of the Southern Nevada Water Authority and our residents and businesses have responded to
the drought for nearly 20 years, helping to reduce the community’s Colorado River water consumption
by 28 billion gallons between 2002 and 2017, even as the Valley’s population increased by nearly 660,000
residents during that time.
How did we do this? Through participation in programs like the SNWA’s Water Smart Landscapes
program that gives rebates for the removal of water thirsty grass that’s replaced with water-smart
landscaping. Water conservation was also given a boost through the Water Smart Car Wash, Linen Exchange and Water Upon Request programs, which partnered with
local businesses to help our community save water.
The theme of this issue is conservation in Henderson, and water conservation is just one of the many ways that our residents can do their part to support their
neighborhoods, their community and our planet.
I encourage you to take some time to review the information and opportunities in this issue that will provide you with tools you can use to support conservation in
Mayor Debra March
Persistent drought has shown us just how vulnerable our limited water resources are, and how important it is that we conserve water. That’s why before asking our
residents to cut back on water use, the city looked for and found significant ways to conserve. For example, the Fire Department uses special hose nozzles that use less
water than regular nozzles but are just as effective in fighting fires. City facilities take advantage of low-flow faucets and toilets and the Parks and Recreation Department
created a comprehensive Drought Response Plan that reduced its water use by nearly 50 percent since 2002.
The City of Henderson is committed to water conservation and every single Henderson resident or business should be aware that they can make a difference in water
conservation as well. The first step is knowing where to start and the city is available to provide you with the right information.
Although it’s invisible to most people, 70 percent of the Valley’s drinking water is used outdoors, primarily to irrigate landscaping. So, whether you own a home or a
business, make sure your irrigation system is functioning properly, water only on your assigned watering day(s), and prevent water waste that happens when water
flows off your property. And remember, the greatest impact you can make on water conservation is to remove
any unused turf and replace it with water-efficient landscaping. Every square foot of turf you replace saves an
average of 55 gallons of water per year.
During the summer, Henderson gets hot. Often, really hot. That’s why many of us have swimming pools that we
use to cool off and have fun with friends and family. But they’re also another outdoor use for water that can be
costly. To save water and money, use a pool cover. It will reduce evaporation by up to 50 percent. Also, never
drain a pool directly into the street or into a septic tank; instead, drain your pool into the sewer system, which will
allow the water to be treated and reused rather than wasted.
For more details on these and other water conservation methods, please enjoy this issue of Henderson
Happenings. You can find additional information online at cityofhenderson.com.