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This Las Vegas hotel-casino saves millions of gallons of water by making a few minor changes

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — There are a few hotels doing more to conserve water to the best of their abilities, one of them being The Orleans, a Boyd Gaming property.

According to data from the Las Vegas Valley Water District, the property consistently uses the least amount of water.

Vice President of Communications David Strow tells FOX5 it’s a combination of a lot of things. One of the biggest contributors to saving water on the property was redesigning the hotel layout, removing grass and running a more “efficient” HVAC system for air conditioning.

“Look, we see what’s happening at Lake Mead, the lakes down, we’re now as a community facing a water shortage that our water is going to be cut off,” Strow said. The company owns many other hotels across the country. He said the mission is to reduce and conserve as much water as possible.

Strow says he says the air conditioning uses a lot of water and they have a new energy saving program in place just before 2020.

“We’ve gained a lot of momentum over the years, but what I would tell you is something we’ve been doing for a very long time,” Stowe said.

Along with this, Strow says saving water in their laundry facilities has been another reason for the success.

“It’s the central laundromat that serves all of our properties across Las Vegas, we’ve pioneered a system that recycles waste water,” Stowe said.

While that may not seem like a lot, it has saved millions of gallons of water from the laundromat alone.

“Through these little programs that we run, we have up to a billion gallons of water across the country, which is equivalent to 9,100 Olympic size swimming pools,” Stowe said.

Next year, as the Colorado River hits historic lows, seven states, including Nevada, will have to cut their water usage. Nevada will lose about 8% of its water usage, and Stowe said that’s something that allows the organization to continue doing its part to use less water.

“The only way it works is if we all get involved and we all come up with smart ways to reduce water use a little bit more,” Stowe said.

The organization says they use this plan across the country in all of their hotels, cumulatively they have saved a billion gallons of water nationwide in the past few years.

Between 2020 and 2021, some of the top water users in Las Vegas have consistently been The Venetian, Caesars Palace, Angel Park Golf Club, and The Wynn.

Some of the most conservative users are ranked below out of the 50 properties on the list.

RANK CLIENT NAME USE (water consumption shown in 1,000 gallons)
48 THE ORLEANS HOTEL & CASINO 116,394
49 NEW YORK, NEW YORK 115,269
50 GOLD NUGGET 112,849