Reusing Water as a Resource in Las Vegas
Abstract:The 1,200 square miles that make up the Las Vegas Valley watershed are a unique study in water reuse. As the only metropolitan area that draws upon Nevada's Colorado River allocation, the water and wastewater agencies in the region must be diligent in monitoring and protecting water quality, as nearly all of the region's water comes from this source (Lake Mead). In addition to the 300,000 acre-feet allocation of river water, the valley depends on over 200,000 acre feet of return flow credits for water that is carefully treated and then returned to the system. To ensure the Colorado River water resources are protected and that water users in Arizona, California and Mexico are served, more than 20 local, state and federal agencies must work together. The past decade has brought drought, growth and recognition that water resources are indeed limited, and caused a significant shift in how the region views reuse in Southern Nevada.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2008
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