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Las Vegas Officials Preparing for Water Shortage

By Angela Bedford on March 22, 2008  Email it!    Print Version

Play Slots at Rushmore Casino! LAS VEGAS, NV -- With the development of new casinos, residential neighborhoods, and additional businesses, the population growth in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas is soaring.  As more and more people are brought to the area, the question of having enough water for everyone is becoming a major issue for Nevada officials. Currently, Las Vegas receives 90% of its drinking water from Lake Mead, a lake that is downstream of the flowing water coming out of the Rocky Mountains.

In recent discussions, Nevada officials have taken a serious look at desalination, the process of converting water from the ocean into human potable fresh drinking water.  Despite the high costs and technical challenges associated with the technology, The Southern Nevada Water Authority is seriously considering desalination as a solution.

Back in February, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons made headlines when he said he would rather see Las Vegas rely on desalination plants on the Pacific coast than on the controversial planned pipeline to move rural Nevada water to Las Vegas.

California groups such as the Sierra Club and other environmental organzations immediately fired back at the Governor saying his plan will never happen.

"Due to the manner in which these plants operate, they cause large 'dead zones' in the surrounding marine life, where no mammals, fish or plants survive", said one cynical observer who believes California should not build desalination plants for Nevada.

Other obstacles to the plan include the amount of additional electricity needed to operate the desalination plants. A 7-state commission tasked with finding a way to increase water flow in the Colorado river will release its findings next month.

Some in the area have said population growth needs to be slowed.  "Stop building new casinos and residential neighborhoods.  If we do that, there won't be a problem to face."

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Posted by Barrie Harrop on 08/02/2008 11:49:00 PM EST
we can solve the water shortage in Vegas.
Refer to this disturbing story about the gravity of the situation in Australia with River Murray ,the main fresh water source for over 2.5m Australians http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=455698

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There has been much talk about climate change, but not much about where we will see its first impact.

Flooding ,Drought, water is the vector of climate change, we already have seen in recent times in where there is intense competition for water, Windesal® can sustain many areas of these regions of Aust/Worldwide that will be impacted by this issue, that may suffer physically or economically from this lack of fresh water shortage and could benefit from sustainable energy.

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Posted by Billly Jones on 12/02/2009 11:22:37 AM EST
I think that this is a big problem for las vegas but they still need to think about all of their tourist attractions because if all of the casino's go under then no one will want to come and vist Las Vegas they wont want to go here so that they can look at the farmers! they whole reason that people go to Vegas is so that they can get away from there troubles and if there's no casinos whats going to happen to everyone? I do think that water is important but so is vegas and things will be no longer without sin city.

Thank You,

Billy

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