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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Concerns raised about water supply in Las Vegas

August 22, 2007

The water supply in Las Vegas (U.S.A.) could disappear in just three years, a warning issued by the South Nevada Water Authority.

Data is showing that drought conditions are getting worse, forcing the need for $US 45 million worth of upgrades to the water pumps at nearby Lake Mead.

These pumps would be attached to the second drinking water intake at the lake and double its capacity to pump drinking water.  At the current rate, the water level will drop below the first intake in less than three years, drastically cutting the supply of drinking water to Las Vegas.  The additional $US 45 million spent on pumps and the cost of building a water pipeline may also raise rates in the future.

There will also be a huge conservation campaign unveiled within the next month.

Even if all of the water projects are finished and everything starts working on time, the Southern Nevada Water Authority still predicts a shortage.  That means by 2010, the Las Vegas Valley will be short (64 million gallons) of water a day.

ICLEI has an international freshwater Water Campaign that aims to build the capacity of local governments to reduce water consumption and improve local water quality. For more information on ICLEI’s Water Campaign, please visit www.iclei.org/water.

Las Vegas is one of 200 local governments in the U.S.A. that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the U.S.A., please visit www.iclei.org/usa.

Source:  “Clock is Ticking on Las Vegas’ Water Supply”, LasVegasNow.com, 16 August 2007.