Skip to main content


Buy Article:

$9.50 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Or sign up for a free trial

The ever increasing population in Las Vegas Valley has spurred the development of new water management policies for providing water and wastewater infrastructure to address the consequent high demand for water and high amounts of wastewater generation. Current plans to address water demand include importation of water from Muddy and Virgin Rivers and northern counties, desalination of seawater with trade-payoff in California, water banking in Arizona and California, and more intense water conservation efforts in Las Vegas Valley. In Las Vegas Valley, water and wastewater are intrinsically related because treated wastewater effluent is returned back to Lake Mead, the drinking water source for the Valley's residents. Furthermore, return credit is given to Nevada when wastewater is returned to Lake Mead, thereby augmenting Nevada's water allocation from the Colorado River. While the return of treated wastewater augments the water supply, it is a major contributor of nutrient, TDS, and and other contaminants to Lake Mead.

A plan consisting of a pipeline/tunnel/submarine diffuser (SCOP) is currently being implemented that will convey tertiary wastewater effluent to another location in Lake Mead as an effort to minimize the effects of phosphorus on the lake productivity. This plan does not address the removal of other contaminants that are present in the effluent. In this paper, we have performed a complete water balance for the Las Vegas Valley and have investigated an alternative to SCOP–Indirect Potable Water Reuse (IPWR). IPWR would involve the use of reverse osmosis membrane to treat tertiary wastewater effluent for use in the potable water system. It was found that an IPWR system would have several advantages over SCOP in terms of water quality of Lake Mead and downstream Colorado River, economic benefit to all major stakeholders, and a potential for trading water allocation for TDS removal from the Colorado River.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Data/Media
No Metrics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-01-01

More about this publication?
  • Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed.

    A subscription to the Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation includes access to most papers presented at the annual WEF Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) and other conferences held since 2000. Subscription access begins 12 months after the event and is valid for 12 months from month of purchase. A subscription to the Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is included in Water Environment Federation (WEF) membership.

    WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access. Access begins 12 months after the conference or event
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • About WEF Proceedings
  • WEFTEC Conference Information
  • Learn about the many other WEF member benefits and join today
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more