Water Woes (Las Vegas, NV)
Currently, 100 percent of Nevada is in a severe drought, and ten percent of the state is in extreme drought. Severe drought in an area indicates that water shortages are common, water restrictions are usually in place, and agricultural losses are likely. As of July 2007, the reservoir water storage level in Lake Mead was only at 49 percent capacity.
Viewer Tip: Make sure you aren’t wasting water at home by checking your sprinkler system to make sure it is working properly and efficiently. Adjust sprinklers so that they are only watering your lawn – not sidewalks or driveways – and check sprinkler valves to make sure they are not leaking. Make sure you are following all watering restrictions in place for your community. Find out more about Las Vegas watering restrictions and find more water conservation tips at the Las Vegas Valley Water District’s “Get Water Smart” website: www.lvvwd.com/html/ws_index.html.
(Sources: US Drought Monitor, August 14, 2007. Nevada: http://drought.unl.edu/dm/DM_state.htm?NV,W; Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region. “Current Status.” http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/gcd.html; Las Vegas Valley Water District. “Get Water Smart.” www.lvvwd.com/wx_index.html)