Water authorities call for greater conservation in the Las Vegas valley | News

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Last summer, the federal government declared a water shortage in the Colorado River. The river empties into Lake Mead and dropped nearly 20 feet last year.

This statement means less water is available in Las Vegas in 2022.

The valley will draw 7% less water this year and if water levels continue to drop as expected, they will be 8.3% in 2023.

Bronson Mack, of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, said the region is doing a great job in conserving water.

“We have seen our population increase by 800,000 people over the past twenty years, and yet we have reduced water use by 23% at the same time,” he said.

Unnecessary vegetation like grass in roundabouts, along sidewalks in public spaces, and in front of commercial and industrial properties consume about 12 billion gallons of water per year, according to SNWA.

Getting rid of it means a lot more water will stay in Lake Mead.

Plants grow on dry, cracked soil that was once underwater near Boulder Beach in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Monday, May 18, 2015, near Boulder City, Nevada. Federal water managers predict that Lake Mead will drop to levels in January 2017 that could force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada. (AP Photo / John Locher)

“If we meet all seasonal water restrictions and replace the grass you are not using, we can continue to meet the needs of our community,” Mack said.

It’s not just watering the grass that impacts water levels, evaporation and climate change are also part of the problem.

Even with the reduced water allocation in place, our consumption remains well below our 2022 allocation.

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