MGM Resorts International Conserves Water In Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a place where water is scarce.‭ ‬The city has an annual average rainfall of‭ ‬just‭ ‬4.2‭ ‬inches.‭ ‬Conserving every drop of water possible is important in such an arid place.‭ ‬MGM Resorts International is a company that clearly understands this practice.‭ 

Headquartered in Las Vegas,‭ ‬MGM Resorts has focused on water conservation since‭ ‬2005.‭ ‬Part of MGM Resort’s water conservation efforts are focused on water used outdoors.‭ ‬The Park,‭ ‬the company’s recent addition to the Las Vegas Strip,‭ ‬has a water-efficient landscape.‭ ‬A well provides most of The Park’s water,‭ ‬while a closed-loop system captures,‭ ‬filters and reuses the water that flows in water sculptures.‭ ‬There are drought-tolerant plants,‭ ‬point-source drip irrigation and anemometers that limit water flow.‭ ‬The water conservation efforts have reduced water use by‭ ‬70‭ ‬percent.‭ 

MGM Resort’s T-Mobile Arena is a‭ ‬650,000‭ ‬square-foot venue for shows that is a LEED Gold certified venue.‭ ‬It features water efficient technologies that reduce indoor water use by‭ ‬40‭ ‬percent,‭ ‬including low-flow toilets,‭ ‬waterless urinals,‭ ‬and low-flow faucets with aerators.‭ ‬The arena also contains water efficient technologies outdoors,‭ ‬such as drought tolerant plants and drip irrigation systems which reduce exterior water use by‭ ‬80‭ ‬percent.‭ 

MGM Grand Las Vegas has infrastructure for conservation and reclamation that has resulted in about three quarters of the four billion gallons of water MGM Resorts uses a year being put back into Lake Mead.‭ ‬In‭ ‬2014,‭ ‬it reduced dependence on water from Lake Mead,‭ ‬the largest reservoir in the country.‭ ‬All of its exterior irrigation and‭ ‬60‭ ‬percent of property cooling tower water needs come from well water.‭ ‬In addition,‭ ‬MGM Grand Las Vegas converted natural grass surfaces to water-efficient desert landscaping and artificial turf to reduce exterior water use.‭  

Last year MGM Resorts began partnering with WaterStart,‭ ‬an organization that aims to bring innovative startup companies to Nevada that focus on water conservation.‭ ‬By partnering MGM and other companies,‭ ‬WaterStart will identify,‭ ‬pilot and drive the adoption of innovative water technologies.‭ ‬MGM is focusing on advanced technologies that monitor water use and reduce water used for irrigation,‭ ‬cooling towers and pool filtering that WaterStart identified.‭ 

Water use is not the only area where MGM Resorts strives to practice environmental sustainability.‭ ‬In‭ ‬2014,‭ ‬the company partnered with NRG Renew,‭ ‬a solar energy developer,‭ ‬to install a‭ ‬6.4‭ ‬megawatt‭ (‬MW‭) ‬solar photovoltaic‭ (‬PV‭) ‬array on the roof of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.‭ ‬The PV panels have offset peak electricity demands up to‭ ‬20‭ ‬percent,‭ ‬which is enough to power‭ ‬1,000‭ ‬homes.‭ ‬The expansion of the Convention Center,‭ ‬completed in‭ ‬2015,‭ ‬contains a two MW solar PV array.‭ ‬The combined arrays generated enough power to supply‭ ‬26‭ ‬percent of the resort’s electricity needs during peak production.‭ 

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