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Lme, Other/Just Looking in Las Vegas, NV

What is being done to resolve the water situation?

Asked by Lme, Las Vegas, NV Mon Apr 18, 2011

? I've read that by 2013 the water level in Lake Mead will be too low for energy production at the Hoover Dam and the City's water intake piping is at the same elevation as the Dam intake piping. Is anyone working on this?

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Hello Lme,

Some top Analysts suggest that 2021 is the year when water will stop pumping, saying "While Hoover is an important source of clean, cheap energy, utilities would be able to replace the power if the generating facility was unable to operate, he said."

Here's a great article:…

Another consideration; we cannot predict the weather as great as the mass population believes, and therefore, we can't really say if there will be some terrible drought for the next 10 years, just because we're in a drought today. I believe many recent natural occurences has reminded us of this.

How about building som more efficient sources of energy, like a plant that turns salt water from the ocean to pure H2O.... that'd be everlasting for generations. However, "along with recycled water this is one of the only non-rainfall dependent water sources. "

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 20, 2011
Short answer: Everyone is waiting for the increase in rain and snow fall that comes seasonally in the mountains. The low water level is not unusual. The water level goes up and down as the seasons change. Just a few years ago, the water level was high enough to flow through the bypass tubes and be diverted around the dam.

Details: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that the snow above Lake Powel is more than 30% higher than normal. They will be releasing water into Colorado River to end up at Lake Mead. That will make Lake Mead rise about 20 feet in the next 6-8 months.

The real question is "Is the drought over"? Personally, I have been showering with a friend and bathing the dog less.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 19, 2011
The water district has been putting in tougher and tougher water restrictions with all new developements. Also, they offer rebates to owners of older homes to replace their grass with desert landscaping.

This year, we actually had enough rainfall so that Lake Mead water levels are on rise.…

However, even with all of that, the whole Western part of the US has an ever growing problem with water conservation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 18, 2011
Hello Lme,

News out this last week suggests that we may be turning a corner on the water level decline. Since November the level has increased by 10 feet and is expected to top out with an approximate 15 foot increase by the end of the year. Lake Mead is currently about 42 percent full,while Lake Powell currently stands about 57 percent full. Lake Powell is expected to increase by 10 feet this year, the result of an abundant amount of snow on the western slope of the Rockies. So it has been agreed that Lake Mead is to a beneficiary of that bumper crop of water runoff, by an increased release of water from Lake Powell into Lake Mead. Does it portend the end of the drought? No one knows for sure, but it certainly is a good sign, perhaps even a good omen for Southern Nevada's future.. Let's hope.

Thanks for reading, and best of luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 18, 2011
Good Question. I have not heard this. Where did you read it? I believe that they need to start on a water line umm last year. This seems to be a simple fix, why then is it not done? I do know we have nice roads here in the Valley, but then again our teachers pay is being cut, jobs being cut, system and planning is poor. I love this place, it is amazing. I hope things get back on track and more jobs are created instead of lost very soon.
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