Las Vegas can cut its annual water consumption by roughly 15% if it rips out almost eight square miles of ornamental grass that no one walks on. About 14 gallons per person will be saved each day if the Nevada Legislature bans such 'non-functional turf'. Last year, Las Vegas had a record 240 dry days and flow from the Colorado River, which accounts for 90% of southern Nevada’s water, is expected to decrease. While planting grass in new subdivisions has been banned since 2003, this is the first time a state has tried to phase out certain categories of grass permanently.

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