2015 Water Heroes Saved Almost 250 Million Gallons of Water
The Water Conservation Coalition presented its 2015 Water Hero Awards to companies who collectively have saved nearly 250 million gallons of water in drought-stricken Southern Nevada.
Boyd Gaming, Picerne Real Estate Group, Golf Summerlin and Larry Simon of Pardee Homes were recognized as businesses and individuals who are making a difference through water conservation efforts. The awards were presented on Oct. 7 during the Water Smart Innovations Conference at South Point Convention Center, 9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Boyd Gaming completed upgrades on eight cooling towers at its Southern Nevada properties, resulting in annual saving of approximately 48.2 million gallons of water.
Picerne Real Estate Group installed Smart Irrigation controllers at 17 of its Southern Nevada properties, generating annual savings of nearly 27 million gallons of water.
Golf Summerlin was recognized for its Sun City Golf Courses of Eagle Crest, Palm Valley and Highland Falls that collectively converted 3.1 million square feet of turf to water-efficient landscaping with annual savings of 172 million gallons of water.
Larry Simon is currently chair of the Water Conservation Coalition as well as president of the Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association. He is Director of Project Management for the Nevada Division of Pardee Homes.
“These Water Hero Award recipients represent companies and individuals who have made water efficiency and conservation a part of their everyday practice”, said Doug Bennett, SNWA conservation manager. “Southern Nevada leads the state, the southwest and the nation in water conservation, thanks in large part to their efforts.”
Previous Water Hero Award recipients include The Venetian and The Palazzo, Good Humor/Breyers Ice Cream, Las Vegas Boat Harbor, Brady Industries, Station Casinos, UNLV, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Caesars Entertainment, KB Home, Metropolitan Laundry and Linen Service, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 525, Chris Courtney of Courtney Landscape & Pools, John Resly of Focus Property Group, landscape professionals Bill Rohret, David Browning and David Thorpe, KLAS Channel 8’s Sherry Swensk, KSNV Channel 3’s Dana Wagner and past WCC Chairs Peggy Maze-Johnson and Bill Martin.
The Water Conservation Coalition (WCC) is a public/private partnership formed by community leaders to help increase water-efficient business practices within the Southern Nevada business community and promote community-wide water conservation. The WCC provides information and encouragement to business peers in an effort to boost participation in water conservation and incentive programs. The WCC carries out its mission by providing the community with sound data, education, committed leadership and initiatives that respect our water resources and quality of life in Southern Nevada.
For additional information on the WCC, please visit the organization’s page at www.snwa.com.