Vegas’ water drying up

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  • dpal Provo, UT
    April 23, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    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?

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    April 23, 2014 3:05 p.m.

    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.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    April 23, 2014 12:16 p.m.

    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.

  • stuff Provo, UT
    April 23, 2014 11:37 a.m.

    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 care.

  • bricha lehi, ut
    April 23, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 23, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    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.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    April 23, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    Water is drying up in Vegas?

    I'm sure it's Bush's fault.....

  • lonepeakstudent Alpine, UT
    April 23, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    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 Mead.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 23, 2014 7:05 a.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 22, 2014 8:07 p.m.

    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?

  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    April 22, 2014 5:24 p.m.

    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.

  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    April 22, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    For starters, ban desert golf courses!

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    April 22, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    Looks like the excessive use of water is another sin of sin city.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    April 22, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    El Nino is being forcast this year at four corners. Watch for flash flood Vegas.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    "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...