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Southern Nevada Water Authority

Preparing for the Future

An infographic depicting a decrease in water use despite an increase in population in Southern Nevada

SNWA works to secure long-term
water resources for Southern

Water resource planning considers water demand forecasts and water supply conditions — such as drought — that are uncertain. The farther into the future you plan, the greater the uncertainty of the forecast.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is committed to ensuring that our community has the water resources necessary to meet water demands.

As part of its water resource planning efforts, SNWA uses population forecasts prepared by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to project water demands 50 years into the future, which allows Southern Nevada’s regional water provider to identify the water resources necessary to supply projected water demands. This ensures the SNWA's water resource strategies will meet the community’s water needs for the next half-century.

This approach to water resource planning allows SNWA to adapt to changing and unpredictable conditions.

SNWA's Water Resource Plan provides a comprehensive overview of the water resources and demands in Southern Nevada and describes the agency’s approach to forecasting and managing water demands and meeting long-term resource needs, including during times of declared shortages. The plan outlines the actions that have been taken, are under way now, and are planned to ensure that Southern Nevada has the water resources it needs well into the future.

In addition, SNWA has used integrated resource planning to help guide future water resource planning for Southern Nevada by evaluating SNWA's resource development and management, facilities, funding, planning, conservation and water quality.

Scenario-Based Planning

SNWA has taken a scenario-based approach to water resource development, focusing on permanent, temporary and future resources. SNWA's water resource portfolio includes a diverse set of resource options that will be used to reliably meet the community's current and future water resource needs.

For details about the SNWA water resource portfolio, see Chapter 3 of the Water Resource Plan.

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