Nevada, known for its desert climate, reaches dry heights in the summer time, thus requiring plenty of water for maintenance. Simple lawn watering heavily contributes to the use of water within the state. Water shortages prove to be a strong concern in many cities of Nevada. State regulation has targeting lawn watering as a main concern and continues to urge households and businesses to cut back on usage. The installation of artificial grass thus helps to conserve water and heavily reduce water bills. In 2002, the state of Nevada began to offer tax rebates to the private sector for the switch to synthetic turf, which would require no water at all. Nevada has since become successful with creating an incentive program that offers $1 per square foot of grass changed to artificial waterless grass. Commercial and residential areas alike have been benefiting from the program. The state has been able to conserve the precious resource of water, cut down on environmentally harmful lawn care products, save power and energy on lawn maintenance, and collectively save on water costs.
In 2008, the Southern Nevada Water Authority announced their feat of reaching 100 million square feet that were converted to waterless artificial grass landscapes. This has saved the state of Nevada a total of 6 billion gallons of water. The SNWA has thus proved to be the most successful tax rebate incentive program for natural to artificial grass conversion for the sake of water conservation. It has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, which has a database of local landscapers who specialize in eco-friendly and water conserving landscapes. The SNWA’s administration and organization in its incentive program has contributed to its overall success.
The $1 per square foot rebate definitely adds up, whether doing a front yard, back yard, or both. The money given back in the rebate, plus the money saved on water and energy bills can considerably lower the cost of initial installation. Artificial grass is an on-going time and money saver, as its minimal maintenance saves on energy, water, and effort. The state of Nevada has proved to be successful in its community outreach and incentive programs for water conservation and artificial grass. The Southern Nevada Water Authority’s website is an informative resource when considering switching to an eco-friendly yard. Such an organization makes it simple and easy for households to contribute to the conservation of both money and precious resources.