The West will always be short of water and will continue to grow in population.
So water is always going to be a problem. What I don't understand is why,
with all our technology, we haven't found a way to pull water out of the
ocean economically. Someone mentioned desalinization. We can put a man on the
moon but we can't figure out how to economically pull the salt out of sea
water and pump it to where it is needed. Any ideas?
It's supply and demand. You can ignore this free market principle, but it
will come back to bite you. If Las Vegas wants water it will have to pay for it.
vegas should not even be. it is an unviable location with little to know water
of its own sucking it from the other rocky mountain states. california too could
stop using the colarado river, and use the ocean for fresh water and tidal power
generation. why no one has done this ,with the tech we have now is just sad.
they could get plenty of water for california and generate clean power at the
same time. its been done on the east coast.
The answer is for vegas to curtail water usage. It's a desert there, for
crying out loud. Let them cut back and conserver first rather than continue to
suck up everyone else's water. If they have a problem, let them fix it
without impacting the rest of us water-wise. Vegas can return to sand, for all I
Why isn't anyone talking about desalinization? IMO that is the only long
term viable option for us in the West. Rainwater will not keep up with growth in
the long term, and the sooner we put our focus on Desalinization the sooner we
can get the price low enough to make it a viable option.
Vegas is apparently fairly conservative on a per capita basis for water use. The
things we ignore, like allocating water use based on wet years, overpopulation,
agriculture and climate change are things that are going to come back and haunt
us time and again until we deal with them. But these are third rail issues we
don't want to touch.
Water is drying up in Vegas?I'm sure it's Bush's
All of you are ignoring the larger implications here, if the water level in Lake
Mead drops below 50% capacity, the Hoover Dam ceases to produce power. The power
from the Dam powers Las Vegas and the surrounding counties, Northern Arizona and
Southern California. If that power is taken away from the Southwestern states,
we are in big trouble. The water shortage in Lake Mead does not come solely from
over-use of water in Las Vegas, it also comes from water shortages further up
the Green River. Truth is, due to over-use of water in this state and in
Colorado, combined with a warming planet, we are seeing the water crisis in Lake
What do they mean by 3 percent of the regions water? Does it mean 3% of the
Colorado's millions of gallons flowing down the Colorado daily can be very
substantial amount of water? The 70% economy is local to Vegas only and its
billionaire clients and owners who don't even pay its workers any wages.
Most of its workers are illegal aliens from mexico and an irrelevant factor to
their economy. So 95% of the 70% goes to the owners and state government.The opulence of Vegas is not in its economic growth from gambling, Vegas
and construction was the only industry they had and its now reversing population
to lower levels.Vegas should be looking at economic decline instead
of tourist. Force the hotels to shut down upper floor levels to reduce water
use, any water fountains, swimming pools private and commercial filled with
desert-scaping. Lawn, golf courses, and sprinkler systems removed.Can't figure out why they are tunneling other than to dig their way to
the aquifers and drain those rivers to lake mead. Kind of like oil wells cross
drilling under other peoples property for covert theft of water.
USAlover -- I have news for you. Virtually every waterway in the world receives
sewage -- either treated or untreated. Thankfully, most of it is treated in the
U.S. Care to guess, though, where some of the worst pollution by sewage takes
place in our fair nation?How about the stuff Washington, D.C. dumps
into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers?
Obscene numbers! Because I keep a spreadsheet of our utilities in spanning the
25 years here in our home, this was easy math. There are two of us. We
don't water in winter obviously, but we used 102 gallons each daily in 2012
and last year 2013 used 65 gallons each. We've raised 4 children in this
home our our annual average (still just figuring two people) over all 25 years
is 172 gallons each and for six of us that would be around 60 gallons each. Yes
we have yard; flowers, trees, front and back lawn.Have family and
friends in Vegas and the attitude for the decades I've known them is to
just waste water. Good luck teaching basic conservation.
For starters, ban desert golf courses!
Looks like the excessive use of water is another sin of sin city.
El Nino is being forcast this year at four corners. Watch for flash flood Vegas.
"Las Vegas also recycles all water that goes down the drain from
dishwashers, sinks, showers and even toilets, and after reprocessing, it is
pumped back into Lake Mead."Holy Schmoly. Remind me never to
throw my boat in Lake Mead again. Yikes...