Award Date

Spring 2005

Degree Type

Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Department

Public Administration

Number of Pages

44

Abstract

This study evaluated the use and effectiveness of the Xeriscape Conversion program, dubbed the “Water Smart Program,” administered by the Southern Nevada Water Authority. The Conversion program is used by five water purveyors throughout Southern Nevada. Because of phenomenal growth in the area, water has become one of the most valuable resources. With its limited availability, conservation has become the logical solution to ever increasing demand. Using empirical data, effectiveness of the program was evaluated in areas such as: water savings after xeriscape conversion; maintenance savings after conversion; the influence of system design on water consumption; and the long term savings potential of xeriscape versus traditional turfgrass. Changes made to the program by SNWA were examined in this paper to determine their effectiveness in keeping pace with growing demand.

Keywords

Southern Nevada Water Authority; Water conservation; Xeriscaping

Disciplines

Public Administration | Water Resource Management

Language

English


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