Is Water a reason not to buy real estate in Las Vegas? (part 2)

Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado RiverHow does the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County continue to grow if we are running out of water from our main source the Colorado River?  I am very impressed with Mrs. Mulroy and the Southern Nevada Water Authorityand the manifold methods in which they have searched for solutions to this problem!  First and most obvious way to find new supplies of water is through conservation.  I know most people do not think that this is possible but the SNWA started conservation campaigns that offered to pay property owners $1-$3  dollars per square foot of grass they removed and converted to drought tolerant or low water use shrubs and trees.  Mrs. Mulroy estimated that enough grass was removed in the Las Vegas Valley to almost encircle the globe!  Through this very successful program and conservation awareness in general Las Vegas is now using the same amount of water than it did in 1995! 

In addition to conservaton, the Authorityhas won battles to include the water from the Virgin River flowing into Lake Mead to the acre feet per year that can be taken from the River.  In addition to this new source of water the Authority has entered into water banking agreements with California and Arizona which will allow the states to bank their unused or uncommitted water in the other’s share adding to their allowed amount.  Both of these strategies effectively add to the allotment of Colorado River water that Southern Nevada can draw from. 

The last strategy and the most controversial is the SNWA’s plan to build a pipeline from Northern Nevada to Southern Nevada to tap the unused portion of aquifers in rural White Pine and Lincoln counties.  The ranchers in these valleys are envoking the memories of Los Angeles Water and Power’s stealing of the water from the now dried up Owens River and Owens Lake.  However, the Nevada State hydrologisthas granted the majority of the Authority’s requests for this “unused” water and when this supply is available it will ensure Southern Nevada’s growth for decades to come!  So don’t let water be an issue when considering a purchase of real estate in the Las Vegas area as Pat Mulroy says “We won’t run out of water, it will just cost more!” I hope you enjoyed this piece please leave me a comment and visit my website Vegasdreamsellers.com

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