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New fountains set to be banned on Vegas strip under drought rules

Fountains could soon be outlawed in new hotels that open on the Las Vegas Strip.

Water features such as the one at Bellagio are a common sight on the Strip. However, the state of Nevada has plans to tighten restrictions on fountains and rivers in order to combat droughts.

These plans could also impact southern Nevada’s golf courses, where existing restrictions on home swimming pools have been lifted.

This follows warnings that were sent to residents in an exclusive Los Angeles area earlier this month. They warned them about water use during a severe drought emergency.

Image Fountains such as the one at the Bellagio make up a major part of the Vegas strip

According to the Los Angeles Times, celebrities like Kim, Kourtney Kardashian, Sylvester Stallone, and Kevin Hart were among 2,000 customers who received “notices in excess” from the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. This was after they used more than 150% of their monthly budgets at least four different times between the beginning and the end of the year.

Nevada’s Las Vegas Valley Water District has proposed that single-family home owners would be subject to a $9 (PS7.67), for each 1,000 gallons of water they use above the seasonal limit.

Another proposal proposes that water budgets for golf courses will shrink by a third by 2024.

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After a public consultation, the water district board will vote on the proposals.

A rule that will be in effect starting 1 September will restrict residential swimming pools to 600 square feet. Other restrictions on outdoor water are being looked at.

These restrictions are in response to the US Bureau of Reclamation’s announcement that Nevada would need to reduce its water consumption from Colorado River by 8 percent next year due to the severe drought conditions being experienced in Western states.

Nevada, which draws the most water from the river among the seven states, announced that it would reduce its annual allocation, which is 300,000 acre feet, by 25,000 acres-feet next.


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