Skip Navigation
Southern Nevada Water Authority

John J. Entsminger
General Manager

John Entsminger

John J. Entsminger is the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD).

As general manager, Entsminger oversees the operations of the LVVWD, which serves nearly 370,000 customer accounts, and the SNWA, which is responsible for acquiring, treating and delivering water to local agencies that collectively serve 2 million residents and nearly 40 million annual visitors.

He was appointed general manager by both agencies' Boards of Directors in early 2014, having previously served as director of environmental and water resource law and senior deputy general manager. Entsminger joined the organization in 1999 as an attorney.

Entsminger was instrumental in the development of the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines and of Minute 319 to the 1944 U. S. - Mexico Water Treaty, a significant development in international water management. In April 2014, he was appointed by Gov. Sandoval to serve as Nevada's lead negotiator on Colorado River matters. Other regional responsibilities include participation in the Colorado River Water Users Association and the Western Urban Water Coalition. On the national front, Entsminger serves on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.

Committed to public involvement, Entsminger recently brought to conclusion the SNWA's Integrated Resource Planning Advisory Committee, a 21-member committee of community stakeholders tasked with making recommendations on issues related to resources, infrastructure and financing.

Entsminger is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and of the University of Colorado School of Law, where he was awarded the Charles N. Woodruff Natural Resources Law Fellowship. He and his wife, Erica, have two children.