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Water resource planning depends upon conditions such as drought that are unpredictable. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) takes a "portfolio approach" to water resource development, emphasizing acquisition and development of diverse resources. Learn More »
Like a savings account, groundwater banking provides SNWA the ability to store water for future use.
In years when Nevada’s Colorado River allocation exceeds the valley’s water demands, SNWA stores water in the Las Vegas Valley Groundwater Basin as a reserve. But SNWA also has water banking agreements with Arizona and California.
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SNWA is seeking groundwater rights in eastern and central Nevada that it would like to convey to Southern Nevada to enhance the area’s limited Colorado River Apportionment.
As part of these plans, SNWA is working to secure rights-of-way from the Bureau of Land Management to construct and operate groundwater production, conveyance and treatment facilities. More »
Nearly 90 percent of Southern Nevada's water comes from the Colorado River. Seven western states and Mexico share water from the river. More »
SNWA works diligently to maximize the existing water resources available to the Las Vegas Valley. Since its inception in 1991, SNWA has developed and maintained a comprehensive Water Resource Plan to outline current and future water needs. More »
For the past several years, the Colorado River has been experiencing the worst drought on record. More »
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