SNWA is working to secure water rights
and rights-of-way as part of its efforts to
secure long-term water resources.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) has proposed a buried pipeline system to convey groundwater from central and eastern Nevada to Southern Nevada to enhance the area's limited water resources.
As part of these plans, SNWA is working to secure rights-of-way from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to construct and operate groundwater production, conveyance and treatment facilities.
SNWA has prepared a Conceptual Plan of Development for the BLM. This document describes the water resources that will be developed for the project, along with the proposed facilities, construction methods, and environmental protection measures.
The Groundwater Development Project will reduce Southern Nevada’s reliance on Colorado River water and buffer the impacts of long-term droughts on the river system.
The total volume of SNWA's groundwater rights and pending applications that may be developed in these valleys is 142,667 acre-feet per year (AFY).
The project also would provide capacity for Lincoln County to convey its water rights within Lincoln County. The total conveyance capacity of the project would be up to 175,667 AFY.
The groundwater proposed for development is located in the following valleys:
The Nevada Office of the State Engineer is responsible for granting approval of SNWA’s water rights applications. The water will be used to serve SNWA purveyor members in Southern Nevada.
The BLM approves requests for rights-of-way across federal lands. SNWA has requested such rights to construct and operate groundwater production, conveyance and treatment facilities as well as power conveyance facilities.
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SNWA is committed to balancing the needs of all stakeholders as it works to secure water resources. Play
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