Summer watering schedule will take effect May 1, 2018

Summer is almost here, and with it comes a reminder from the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) that mandatory seasonal watering restrictions will be in effect May 1 through August 31.

The seasonal restrictions prohibit landscape irrigation between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the summer months, when water often is lost to evaporation from the heat and high winds. Watering during restricted hours is considered water waste and may result in a water waste fee or citation. 

While watering is permitted Monday through Saturday (Sunday watering is prohibited year-round), the SNWA recommends limiting your landscape irrigation to four days per week, and increasing the schedule only if your lawn shows signs that it needs more water.

The SNWA also recommends using the cycle-and-soak sprinkler method—three times a day for four minutes each cycle with one-hour intervals. This allows the soil to absorb the water in between each cycle and reduces the risk of runoff and water waste.

For more information and other landscape care tips, visit

Springs Preserve welcomes summer with ice cream, beer, and blues

The Springs Preserve is gearing up for the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer with a pair of special events that will get you in the mood for the coming season.

Ice Cream Festival
Sweet treats and yummy eats will be on the menu at the 11th annual Ice Cream Festival, Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature all-you-can-eat ice cream cones, sundaes, novelties and floats, while the little ones can learn the science behind making ice cream—and about the edible parts of a cactus—at the Kids Cactus Ice Cream lesson. Games and crafts for the entire family, carnival games, and an ice cream eating contest round out the event.

Brews & Blues Festival
For grown-ups ages 21 and over, ice-cold beers and red-hot blues will be on tap at the ninth annual Brews & Blues Festival, Saturday, May 19, from 4-8 p.m. Beers from international, domestic, and regional brewers will pair with live music from local and regional blues acts; a portion of ticket sales benefits Keep Memory Alive, which supports the mission of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in downtown Las Vegas.

To purchase advance tickets for these events, and for information on becoming a Springs Preserve member, visit or call (702) 822-7700.