According to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “Xeriscaping is a water conservation concept that originated in Colorado, eventually spreading throughout the west.” Some benefits of xeriscaping include a beautiful, natural landscape and meaningful savings in water, money, time, and energy.

Our region has a proven track record of conserving water that we can be proud of. We have reduced per capita water demand by more than 30% since 2000. Some communities in the south metro area are among the lowest in the state when it comes to the number of gallons of water consumed per day. South Metro residents should be proud of the region’s commitment to being good stewards of this precious resource. Our success in conservation and water efficiency is helping ensure a more secure water future. That commitment will continue as we execute on the region’s plan to deliver a more secure and sustainable water supply to the region. Click to learn more about our region’s success stories and our efforts toward greater efficiency, or download our Stewardship Fact Sheet.


In 2017, as part of our commitment to efficient and sustainable use of water, the SMWSA Regional Conservation Subcommittee developed a Model Regional Landscape & Irrigation Ordinance. The purpose of this effort was to provide to our members an exhaustive, locally focused model ordinance to not only support existing local ordinances, but to also enhance conservation efforts in a practical way. If you have questions or would like more information on this, contact staff at