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Southern Nevada Water Bank
Beginning in 1987, the City of North Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Valley Water District – both SNWA agencies – began pumping treated Colorado River water into the valley’s primary groundwater aquifer in years when Nevada’s Colorado River allocation exceeded demand.
The Southern Nevada Water Bank:
- Currently stores approximately 337,000 acre-feet of water in the local groundwater basin for future use.
- Is "artificially recharged" by injecting treated Colorado River water directly into the aquifer via wells.
- Serves as a resource upon which the community can draw in times of need, at a maximum of 20,000 acre-feet per year.
- Is part of a permanent recharge program to protect the groundwater aquifer. This permanent recharge program is part of the Las Vegas Valley Groundwater Management Program.