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Water Smarts Podcast

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From the banks of the Colorado River and Lake Mead to the homes and businesses of Southern Nevada, the Water Smarts podcast covers how we treat, deliver, use, protect and conserve water in the Las Vegas Valley. Hosts Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke – along with experts from the Southern Nevada Water Authority who keep the water flowing – hope to make you a little smarter about the one thing that keeps us all connected – water.

Location:

Las Vegas, NV

Description:

From the banks of the Colorado River and Lake Mead to the homes and businesses of Southern Nevada, the Water Smarts podcast covers how we treat, deliver, use, protect and conserve water in the Las Vegas Valley. Hosts Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke – along with experts from the Southern Nevada Water Authority who keep the water flowing – hope to make you a little smarter about the one thing that keeps us all connected – water.

Twitter:

@SNWA_H2O

Language:

English

Contact:

7023786527


Episodes

H2O HEROES: the Power of Water Smart Plumbers

5/24/2023
If you have a plumbing program, do you know how to find a qualified professional to fix it? The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) takes the heavy lifting out of your search with its new Water Smart Plumbers program. Toby Bickmore with SNWA’s Conservation team explains the new online resource, what plumbers must do to qualify for the program, and how you can benefit from this new, free resource. Learn more on the Water Smarts Podcast, “H2O HEROES: The Power of Water Smart Plumbers.” Water Smarts Podcast Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:27:46

Henderson parks go water smart

5/10/2023
City of Henderson (COH) is leading by example with its many water-saving projects. COH Municipal Forester Preston Goodman shares how replacing more than 2 million square feet of grass at 50 Henderson parks will save millions of gallons of water annually without impacting play areas. Find out how on the Water Smarts Podcast, “Henderson parks go water smart.” Water Smarts Podcast Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:16:30

HOAs & AB356: what your HOA should do to comply with state law prohibiting decorative grass

3/29/2023
There are more than 3,000 HOA communities in Southern Nevada, and all must be in compliance with a new Nevada law requiring decorative grass be replaced with water-smart options by the end of 2026. With HOA board turnover and multiple points of contact, how is the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) ensuring the HOAs are aware of and in compliance with the new law, which will save more than 5 billion gallons annually? Join SNWA’s Patrick Watson and Hillery Francis to learn how they’re reaching out to HOAs and why doggy bag stations just won’t make the grade when it comes water-smart landscape areas on the Water Smarts Podcast, “HOAS & AB356: What your HOA should do to comply with state law prohibiting decorative grass.” Water Smarts Podcast Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke HOAs can call 702-862-3740 for more information or to schedule a presentation to their boards. https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:30:50

SPEAKING FOR THE TREES: Star Nursery experts share tree tips for landscape upgrades

3/6/2023
Trees are an important part of our community and urban environment, especially as we face a hotter, drier future in Southern Nevada. To protect our water supply, many residents and business owners are replacing water-thirsty grass with water-smart landscapes, but the upgrade process can put trees in jeopardy. Star Nursery experts Dr. Q and Joey Lynn Watt talk about how to shield trees during a landscape conversion and best practices to keep the trees thriving after completing the upgrade on the Water Smarts Podcast, “SPEAKING FOR THE TREES: Star Nursery experts share tree tips for landscape upgrades.” Water Smarts Podcast Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:30:50

AGGRESSIVE & PROGRESSIVE: New conservation measures to drive down water use

2/14/2023
Necessity is the mother of invention, and a 20-year megadrought is the driving force behind several new aggressive water conservation measures in Southern Nevada. Doug Bennett, SNWA Conservation Manager, and JC Davis, Director of Customer Care & Field Services for the Las Vegas Valley Water District, talk about how you might be impacted by the new conservation initiatives and what you can do to drive down your water use on the Water Smarts Podcast, “AGGRESSIVE & PROGRESSIVE: New conservation measures to drive down water use.” Water Smarts Podcast Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:47:46

WHAT'S YOUR GRASS WORTH? New water rates encourage high water users to cut back

1/11/2023
As Southern Nevada faces the second year of water reductions due to a federally-declared shortage on the Colorado River, water agencies are implementing new conservation measures and rate changes to drive down community water use. Water Smarts Podcast hosts Crystal Zuelke and Bronson Mack discuss two water rate changes that could mean significant increases for some customers if they don’t reduce their water use. Learn about these new conservation-driven rates on the Water Smarts Podcast, “WHAT’S YOUR GRASS WORTH? New water rates encourage high water users to cut back.” https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:27:19

We don't need x-ray glasses to find problem spots

11/28/2022
If you change the brake pads or tires on your vehicle before they fail, you’re practicing good “asset management.” The Southern Nevada Water Authority asset management program helps keep the Las Vegas Valley water system in top condition and operating smoothly. Doa Ross, Deputy General Manager Engineering, and Ryan Benner, Engineering Asset Manager, talk about how they work to avoid major main breaks on the Las Vegas Strip and throughout the valley, and how innovative technologies like remotely operated vehicles help pinpoint system weaknesses before catastrophe strikes. Water Smarts Podcast Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:38:01

SPECIAL: City Cast Las Vegas Water Cop Ride Along

11/7/2022
Water Smarts Podcast host Bronson Mack recently took City Cast Las Vegas host Dayvid Figler on a water waste ride along. The two talked turkey about how to spot and stop water waste with the help of LVVWD water waste investigator Cameron Donnarumma. In this special edition, we’re featuring the podcast produced and originally published by City Cast Las Vegas, titled “A Water Cop Ride Along.” You can find the City Cast Las Vegas podcasts at https://pod.link/citycastlasvegas or on your favorite podcast app. Follow them on Twitter @CityCastVegas. Water Smarts Podcast Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:23:50

TOP OF THE CLASS: Why the school district is leaning in strong on water conservation

10/17/2022
The Clark County School District (CCSD) is leading the way with its water-smart projects, including converting 24 athletic fields to synthetic turf and replacing grass with water-smart landscaping at 195 schools. Combined, these projects save nearly 400 million gallons of water each year. Hear how these projects will impact valley schools and how CCSD is leaning in strong on water conservation. Mark Campbell, CCSD Director of Sustainability, Energy & Environmental Services, and JC Davis, SNWA Enterprise Conservation Manager, share their insights on episode 31 of the Water Smarts Podcast, “TOP OF THE CLASS: Why the school district is leaning in strong on water conservation.” Water Smarts Podcast Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:29:01

Tapping the truth on Colorado River shortage and its impacts to Nevada

9/19/2022
How will additional water cuts under tier 2 shortage conditions impact Southern Nevada’s water supply next year? Why can’t we just cut off the water to other Colorado River users? How can our community continue to grow and thrive with its limited water supply? And, just who does use the most water in Southern Nevada? Colby Pellegrino, the SNWA Deputy General Manager of Water Resources, taps the truth on shortage, new development, and other Colorado River water users on episode 30 of the Water Smarts Podcast, “Tapping the truth on Colorado River shortage and its impacts to Nevada.”

Duration:00:38:34

GET REAL: Campaigns that make you laugh, gasp and turn down your watering clock

9/8/2022
From a well-placed kick by “Mrs. Nuttington” to the body-checks by former Vegas Golden Knights hockey player Ryan Reaves, the public outreach campaigns by the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and its ad agency have made people laugh, gasp and save water. SNWA’s Beth Moore gives the scoop on how these successful campaigns are created and the challenge of reaching the entire Las Vegas Valley on a limited budget. She also dishes fun, behind-the-scenes details about some of the more popular ads on episode 29 of the Water Smarts Podcast, “GET REAL: Campaigns that make you laugh, gasp and turn down your watering clock.” Water Smarts Podcast Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:33:08

SPECIAL: Hey Hey Ho Ho, Your Ornamental Grass Has To Go

8/23/2022
In this special Water Smarts Podcast, we feature an interview by Dayvid Figler of the City Cast Las Vegas Podcast with JC Davis, Enterprise Conservation Manager at the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). Dayvid and JC talk about a new law, AB356, that was passed last year in response to our ever-worsening drought. The law will prohibit use of Colorado River water to irrigate decorative grass at businesses by the end of 2026. JC breaks down what the new law mandates, the difference between “functional” and “nonfunctional turf,” and why this law is so important. You can find the City Cast Las Vegas podcasts at https://pod.link/citycastlasvegas or on your favorite podcast app. Follow them on Twitter @CityCastVegas. Water Smarts Podcast Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:21:48

EXECUTIVE ROUND TABLE: Colorado River shortages and impacts to Southern Nevada

7/26/2022
A permanent aridification of the Colorado River due to climate change means those sharing the river also will have to share the pain of shortage reductions as less water flows from the Colorado River into lakes Powell and Mead. Southern Nevada relies on the river for 90 percent of its water supply yet is uniquely positioned to weather the reductions due to investments in infrastructure and the success of its conservation efforts. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) Executive Team discusses current conditions, expected shortages and how the community can continue to grow despite the dire conditions facing the Colorado River. Featured guests include General Manager John Entsminger, Deputy General Managers Colby Pellegrino and Dave Johnson, and Legal Counsel Greg Walch. Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:35:25

HOT! HOT! HOT! Water-smart tips to help your landscape survive the summer

7/11/2022
Lake Mead’s water levels are at historic lows and the Colorado River is suffering from a decades-long megadrought, resulting in federal shortage declarations that have reduced Southern Nevada’s water supply. Since residential landscape irrigation consumes much of the Las Vegas Valley’s water, watering smart has never been more important. Doug Bennett, the Conservation Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, shares tips to help residents set their irrigation systems so that their landscapes survive and thrive during our harsh desert summer on episode 26 of Water Smarts Podcast, “HOT! HOT! HOT! Water-smart tips to help your landscape survive the summer.” Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:24:28

Yes, you can drink the tap water!

5/17/2022
How do you know your tap water is safe to drink? Carolyn Faircloth, the Water Quality Laboratory Manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), shares how she and her team test and monitor our drinking water to ensure high-quality water is delivered to your home or business every day. Hosts Crystal Zuelke and Bronson Mack talk water quality and how you can find out what’s in our water on episode 25 of Water Smarts Podcast, “Yes, you can drink the tap water.” https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:29:00

AH HA! How the pandemic led to new insights for wastewater surveillance

4/26/2022
Scientists have been using sewage to track COVID-19 in the community throughout the pandemic and even now as the virus enters the endemic stage. Using wastewater surveillance helps scientists determine the prevalence of the virus and what variants are present in the Las Vegas Valley. We talk with Dr. Dan Gerrity, Principal Research Laboratory Scientist for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), and Dr. Edwin Oh, UNLV Associate Professor of Neurogenetics and Precision Medicine Lab, about how their wastewater surveillance research helped health professionals and elected officials during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two researchers share their “Ah Ha!” moments and the future of wastewater surveillance on episode 24 of Water Smarts Podcast, “AH HA! How the pandemic led to new insights for wastewater surveillance.” Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/ https://empower.unlv.edu/

Duration:00:35:13

SPRING ALIVE! Garden and landscape tips from Star Nursery's Dr. Q and Joey Lynn Watt

3/31/2022
Spring is the season for renewal the time when many of us get our hands dirty and spruce up our yards. We talk with Star Nursery experts Dr. Q and Joey Lynn Watt about how to irrigate, prune, fertilize and get rid of garden pests on episode 23 of the Water Smarts Podcast, “SPRING ALIVE! Garden and landscape tips from Star Nursery’s Dr. Q and Joey Lynn Watt.” Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:36:19

Southern Nevada is planning for a warmer, drier future

3/9/2022
The permanent aridification of the Colorado River—the source of 90 percent of Southern Nevada’s water supply—means much less water will flow into Lake Mead in the future. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) recently updated its Water Resource Plan to address aridification and other major impacts to the Las Vegas Valley water supply. We talk with Zane Marshall, SNWA Director of Water Resources, about what this means for Southern Nevada and how everyone in the community can help protect our water supply on episode 22 of the Water Smarts Podcast, “Southern Nevada is planning for a warmer, drier future.” Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:35:47

HERBA NON GRATA: Groundbreaking law requires businesses replace decorative grass

2/10/2022
Shortage conditions on the Colorado River have reduced Southern Nevada’s water supply by about 7 billion gallons. While homeowners have worked hard to conserve water and remove water-thirsty grass, the business community is lagging behind in this effort. We talk with JC Davis, Enterprise Conservation Manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, about a new law requiring businesses, HOAs and multifamily properties to stop irrigating nonfunctional turf with Colorado River water by the end of 2026. Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:28:29

FROM LAKE TO TAP: Delivering Water Through a World-Class System

1/27/2022
Southern Nevada’s water system operates 24 hours a day, every day treating and delivering water that is pumped through nearly 4,000 feet of elevation changes in order to serve more than 2 million people in the Las Vegas Valley. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) pulls water from deep below Lake Mead, treats it, and pumps it to the member agencies, which then deliver it to homes and businesses. Join our hosts Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke as they talk with Ken Albright, Director of Operations, and find out why you can count on water coming out of your tap on episode 20 of the Water Smarts Podcast, “From Lake to Tap: Delivering Water Through a World-Class System.” Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke https://www.snwa.com/

Duration:00:25:35