Is Water a reason not to Buy Real Estate in Las Vegas? (part 1)

Pat Mulroy, General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority

Is water really a reason not to buy real estate in Las Vegas?!  I hear this all the time from people who do not live in the Valley.  It is a valid question especially considering all the media attention given to global warming and the changing climate.  To start the discussion its important to know that when the Colorado River Compact was signed in the 1922 no one realized that lowly Las Vegas would grow to the extent that it has and our city was only allocated 4% or 300,000 acre feet of water per year of the total lower basin allocation.  In comparison, Arizona was granted 37.30% or 2.8 million acre feet and California was granted 58.7% or 4.4 million acre feet per year that can be drawn from the lower Colorado. 

So we start with a deficit!  In 1922 the population of Clark County was less and 5,000 people and now in 2008 we have more than 2 million and the allocation is still the same!  By the way, an acre foot of water is equal to an acre of land covered by water one foot deep or 325,851 gallons or what is considered the annual usage by a family of four for a year.  Family’s in the Southwest use only .25AF/year.  Since the compact is not changeable Mrs. Mulroy needed alternatives to ensure that Southern Nevada had enough water now and into the future assuming that we will have another million people residing in Las Vegas by 2030.

Part two next time…   In the mean time ask questions or comments!  Please visit my website as well!

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