Las Vegas' Water Smart Landscapes Program

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This is interesting and, although it's been going on since 1999, we only recently heard about it for the first time: The Las Vegas Valley Water District is paying its residents to rip up their lawns in order to save water.

Over the top? Brilliant? Too little too late?

Well, here are the facts: Residents and businesses who qualify, can expect to be paid $1.50 for every square foot of grass they replace with water-efficient landscaping.We'd love to hear from any Las Vegas readers on this one. How do you feel the program is working?

According to Planetsave, in the first eight years of the measure, about six square miles of grass have been eliminated, saving 18 billion gallons of water.

Non-Las Vegas residents, would you appreciate a program like this in your hometown? Or, have you replaced your lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping already?

image via Bob Townsend; sxc.hu

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