Don't let this chance fly away. Save water today!
"Water is one of our most precious resources. Without it, life could not exist."
Those of us that live in Southern Nevada rely on the Colorado River for 90% of our water and since the year 2000, the water level in Lake Mead has dropped nearly 150 feet.
Because Lake Mead is one of the river’s primary storage reservoirs, that fact that its level is at a historical low, highlights the crisis we are about to experience. The federal government has issued the first-ever water shortage on the Colorado River, reducing the amount of water Southern Nevada can withdraw from Lake Mead by nearly 7 billion gallons, annually.
Water connects us all. Save it.
Lake Mead is more than 3 Trillion gallons below capacity
- In 2000, Lake Mead was at 95% capacity
- Since then, it is at 35% capacity.
- Las Vegas gets 90% of its water from Lake Mead and 10% from groundwater.
- It will take many years for Lake Mead to return to the level before the drought.
The Colorado River is accounts for 87% of the State’s gross economic product. http://www.nature.org/. Saving water, saves jobs and money.
What can we do to save water
Follow and remind your neighbors follow seasonal water restrictions. Currently, only about 50% of us do so. Saving water is a communal effort. Each one of us can start by becoming aware of how to save water at home and taking action to save it.
Here’s a few tips.
- Inspect garden hoses and irrigation systems for leaks.
- Water the garden/grass and not the street (check water flows).
- Follow the local outdoor watering schedule.
- Consider replacing turf with low watering plants and grasses. You can save money for doing so.
- Use a car wash instead (10 gallons of water) of washing at home (up to 100 gallons of water).
- Toilets and showers use the most water in a home. Install low flow fixtures and aerators on faucets.
- A 5-minute shower can save 8 gallons per shower.
- Fixing a leaky toilet can save 200 gallons every day.
- Use a dishwasher instead of hand washing and run it when it’s full can save 50 gallons per week.
- Shut off the faucet while you brush your teeth can save 200 gallons per month.