Is Las Vegas Running Out of Water & Is the Sky Falling?
Being one of the number #1 questions people moving to Las Vegas ask, we have posted this very detailed article. 1st, you have to understand that if Las Vegas was really in danger of a water shortage you would see Las Vegas homes for sale with pools and car washes prohibited. Keep in mind Phoenix Arizona is Double the size of population, 2xs the population of Las Vegas. 80% of the water that goes thru Las Vegas goes to Arizona and California for “FRACKING” and agriculture. Way before Las Vegas sees a problem, it will be California and Arizona that will be effected. However, Las Vegas has one of the newest and most advanced water systems in the USA.
ATTENTION: Las Vegas is using 30% less water today than 10 years ago based on new technology even with adding 500,000 new residents.
- Las Vegas is among highest rated for water recycling.
- 80% of the water from sources actually goes to California and Arizona
- Las Vegas has gained 500,000 + people but is using 30+% less water today due to innovation
Las Vegas Water Supply Has ZERO Chance of Drying Out.
Water used in hotels and facilities across the Strip and the Las Vegas Valley is not wasted. Instead, the water is sent through around 2000 miles of pipe leading to modern facilities where it is cleaned and filtered. Upon disinfection, it is sent back to Lake Mead, after which it is used again and again. This system of water conservation has made it possible for a city of rapid growth potential to expand its capacities, despite the popular belief of water shortage. Therefore, we can confidently say that water shortage is not on the list of concerns when it comes to Las Vegas growth. The area around Las Vegas, the city itself, as well as the whole state of Nevada have plenty of water supply for years to come, even with the rapid population growth taken into consideration. Las Vegas water is being reused, meaning the amount of wasted water is reduced to a minimum.
Does Las Vegas recycle water? YES YES YES
Besides recycling the indoor water, the city has also banned front-yard grass, which would require large amounts of water on a daily basis. Other green areas are also limited, ensuring there is less wasted water in the region. Furthermore, new homes and facilities are being built with the concept of water conservation in mind. That is why it is estimated that the properties built today use 70% less water than those built in the 2000s. Peter Mayer, a water management expert of the WaterDM consulting firm based in Colorado, mentioned certain benefits of the city’s modern water conservation system, saying that: “Las Vegas is benefiting from the fact that they are a newer water system, and it’s generally easier to maintain. On the East Coast there are water systems that are hundreds of years old with losses more in the neighborhood of 30 percent of water deliveries.” Las Vegas is continuing to grow and its advanced water system will have to keep up with new expansions. However, there is no reason to worry about its water supply, as Las Vegas Sun has confirmed that there is zero chance of Colorado River water shortage in this period.
How many gallons of water does Las Vegas use in a day?
People’s major concern when it comes to Las Vegas water supply comes from the fact that the city is constantly being overflown with tourists. The rapid population growth has also caused a great deal of concerns regarding water supply, however, the largest issue stems from the rising number of tourists visiting Las Vegas each year. According to the data presented on Las Vegas Sun, the Sin City has seen around 42.9 million visitors in 2016, with the numbers growing even higher in 2017. Now, imagine the amount of water that was wasted by over 40 million people in the period of a single year, considering that those are only the tourists, not counting the vast population of the city, which was estimated at 623,747 people in 2010, according to the World Population Review. Millions of people located in a city that never sleeps wasted gallons and gallons water, and this process continues 24/7. To correctly paint the picture of how much water is being wasted in Las Vegas on a daily basis, it is important to mention dozens of hotels and luxurious resorts located on The Strip, as well as hundreds of other facilities within the city.
Where does Las Vegas get it’s water from?
According to outsideonline.com, residents and tourists in Las Vegas waste more water than people do in any other state, including the states that naturally possess an abundance of water. With all this in mind, it is easy to understand why people generally assume that the city is going to dry out, considering the fact that it is built in the middle of a dry desert. However, looking deeper into the situation, it is clear that Las Vegas is nowhere near the disaster media has been promoting in the last couple of years. In fact, The Southern Nevada Water Authority has announced that there is enough water to supply the city of Las Vegas, including the upcoming communities and new homes and businesses that are being built. As stated by the Water Authority Chief, John Entsminger, the only challenge to this whole concept is creating a system that will ensure efficient usage of water and minimal waste. According to citylab.com, Las Vegas has been doing a great job at tackling this issue, as the city has created one of the best water systems in the United States. Their specifically structured water system is designed to return each drop of used water back to its source, that is, Lake Mead. Therefore, no matter how much water the city’s population is currently using, the Lake cannot go dry because all of its water eventually circulates back into it.
Just because Las Vegas sits in the desert is no reason to assume there is a lack of water especially noting that most water is under the ground in AQUIFERS.
An aquifer is an underground layer of water-bearing permeable rock, rock fractures or unconsolidated materials (gravel, sand, or silt). Groundwater can be extracted using a water well. The study of water flow in aquifers and the characterization of aquifers is called hydrogeology. Related terms include aquitard, which is a bed of low permeability along an aquifer,and aquiclude (or aquifuge), which is a solid, impermeable area underlying or overlying an aquifer. If the impermeable area overlies the aquifer, pressure could cause it to become a confined aquifer.
Las Vegas ranks among the most state on the art, world class cities for tourism and entertainment. With that goes an investment towards a lifestyle that few cities on the planet can take advantage of. 3 popular communities of Desert Shores, The Lakes and the popular Lake Las Vegas communities even have waterfront homes available along with water activities.
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If you have more questions or concerns about water in the Las Vegas Valley feel free to contact the Southern Nevada Water Authority . The (SNWA) is a government agency that was founded in 1991 to manage Southern Nevada’s water needs on a regional basis in Clark County. SNWA provides wholesale water treatment and delivery for the greater Las Vegas Valley and is responsible for acquiring and managing long-term water resources for Southern Nevada. From its inception, the SNWA has worked to acquire additional water resources, manage existing and future water resources, construct and operate regional water facilities and promote water conservation.
With over 300+ days of no rain and almost year round pool weather, its no wonder the Las Vegas casino and hotel pools are packed. Also Las Vegas homes with Pools are a very popular request. While Las Vegas is restricting the use of grass in landscaping – there are over 30+ world class golf courses in the Las Vegas valley. There is also plenty of opportunities to enjoy the pools and the pool parks across the Valley.
With all the options available in the Las Vegas valley we hope you get inspired to get out and take advantage of the water activities and enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer. If you are specifically looking for a waterfront community you may wish to schedule an appointment to tour one of these popular developments
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