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The agencies charged with the stewardship of water resources in the Las Vegas, Nevada area have been looking at new approaches for managing these resources. One approach is optimization of water reuse through phased implementation of wastewater reclamation. This is necessary due to the arid climate and population demands. The Las Vegas metropolitan area, which is one of the hottest, driest places on earth, also experienced the fastest growth in the United States for the past decade, growing by 67% with more than 528,000 people added. In addition to the resident population, there are nearly 34 million tourists visiting the area every year. Maximizing the beneficial use of the area's finite potable water supply has been the driving force behind the desire to provide a more comprehensive approach to water reuse.

The individual wastewater agencies in the Las Vegas Valley have practiced reuse at varying levels since 1931. However, these agencies, as well as the potable water agencies, have recognized the need to manage water reuse issues beyond their individual boundaries. To achieve this end, the four agencies that contribute wastewater as well as the three potable water purveyors have combined their resources to sponsor an “Area- Wide Reuse Study for the Las Vegas Valley Study Area” (Study). The Study culminated in July 2000, with a regional wastewater reclamation plan to meet existing and future demands for the 475 square mile area, with phased implementation over a 20-year period.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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