MGM resorts announces conservation partnership with Southern Nevada Water Authority

March 22, 2024 10:58 AM
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  • Rege Behe, CDC Gaming Reports
March 22, 2024 10:58 AM
  • Rege Behe, CDC Gaming Reports

MGM Resorts International Thursday announced a partnership with the Southern Nevada Water Authority to encourage residential water conservation for more than 50,000 of its employees in Southern Nevada. Through a $500,000 grant to the SNWA Water Efficiency Improvement Fund, MGM Resorts employees will earn additional rebates if they take advantage of existing SNWA water savings programs targeting residential water conservation.

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The announcement comes in advance of World Water Day, March 22.

“In light of my pledge to the CEO Water Mandate and commitments to water stewardship in the community, I’m proud to announce a half-million-dollar grant that will educate and empower our employees to make a meaningful impact on water conservation,” said MGM Resorts CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle in a statement. “We’re committed to understanding and addressing local water challenges, and this initiative reflects our dedication to community involvement and water sustainability.”

The program will inform MGM employees about existing SNWA incentives for the Water Smart Landscapes Rebate, the Smart Irrigation Controller Rebate, and the Smart Leak Detector Rebate. It also will provide employees with a water conservation retrofit kit, if requested, that reduces indoor water use providing incentives to apartment dwellers and non-homeowners.

A video training course assigned to all Southern Nevada employees will launch on World Water Day and outline the severity of the area’s water crisis, the areas in which MGM Resorts is helping and amplify the existing incentives programs provided by the SNWA.

“MGM Resorts continues to demonstrate its commitment to water efficiency within its resort operations, saving billions of gallons over the past decade,” said SNWA General Manager John Entsminger,. “As the largest employer in Southern Nevada, MGM Resorts is taking meaningful action through this grant to encourage more of its employees to participate in effective water conservation programs that enhance the long-term sustainability of our community.”

Other water-related actions by MGM Resorts include:

  • First gaming company and Las Vegas-based company to endorse the CEO Water Mandate.
  • Nearly 14 billion gallons of water saved between 2007-2022 through conservation efforts.
  • More than 200,000 square feet of grass replaced with desert friendly landscaping.
  • Saved 70 million gallons of consumptive water use through HVAC optimization in 2023.
  • Made the 2022 CDP A List for water security,