Las Vegas Paying Residents To Remove Lawns

<p>With Lake Mead already down to two-thirds capacity, water officials in fast-growing Southern Nevada have spent over $80 million to 'encourage' residents to rip up sod and "xeriscape" their yards.</p>
July 20, 2007, 7am PDT | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"Water for lawns is probably 60 percent of our water use," Patricia Mulroy, a senior manager at the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

With the region experiencing its worse water shortage in memory, local government is trying to shift residents' perspective regarding drought tolerant landscaping -- something Mulroy supposes all Western urban areas will need to deal with in the near future as growth continues.

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Published on Thursday, July 19, 2007 in The New York Times
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