As a condition of service, customers of the Las Vegas Valley Water District must use water delivered through the District’s water system in a manner that avoids waste.
When you establish water service, you agree to abide by the District’s service rules. Water waste is considered a violation of our Service Rules.
What is water waste?
Water waste is defined by the service rules as:
- Allowing water provided by the Water District to flow or spray off the property.
- Failure to correct a malfunctioning device or supply line, where the customer or their agent has known of the problem for more than 48 hours.
- Non-compliance with Service Rule provisions regarding washing vehicles, equipment, driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, streets or other surfaces or objects.
- Discharging swimming pool or spa water drainage off the property where discharge into a public sanitary sewer is available.
- Using spray irrigation (such as sprinklers) between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. from May 1 through Aug. 31.
- Non-compliance with Service Rule provisions relating to ornamental water features, man-made lakes, and misters.
- Non-compliance with watering group assignments.
What does a water waste investigator do?
Our water waste investigation team helps property owners understand when water is being wasted. Watch the video to find out how.
How is water waste identified?
When water waste is found, or reported, the Water District investigates, determines if there is a violation and, if so, issues a violation notice. Customers often don't realize there is a problem and correct it once it's pointed out.
If the violation continues, the Water District may assess a water waste fee on the customer's water bill.
What's the difference between water waste and water leaks? Watch the video to find out.
Water waste exemptions
The following watering activities are exempt from water waste restrictions, as noted.
Drip irrigation and bubbler systems may run any day of the week. However, watering cannot exceed the maximum watering frequency according to mandatory watering restrictions.
Hand watering is allowed any day and/or time, if water does not spray or flow off the property.
Irrigation system testing
Supervised testing of irrigation systems is allowed if someone is physically present during the testing.
Nursery stock irrigation
Irrigation of vegetation intended for sale at a licensed commercial nursery is allowed. Water may not flow or spray off the property.
Overseeding-reseeding and new turf planting
You may water a new landscape or reseeded landscape daily for up to 30 days after the initial planting. This exemption is allowed once per calendar year. The customer must contact the Water District at 702-822-8571 prior to the change in irrigation schedule. Local turf limitations restrict the amount of grass that can be planted.
Public health and welfare
Water used to abate a health or safety hazard is allowed.
Residential car washing
Washing personal vehicles is allowed if you use a leak-free hose with positive shut-off nozzle.
A facility that is assigned a water budget by the District, in accordance with Chapter 2 of the Service Rules, is exempt from time of day, assigned day and watering frequency restrictions.