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Southern Nevada Water Authority

Groundwater Development Project

Groundwater Development Project

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 its long-term water resource planning. The Clark, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties Groundwater Development Project would develop water rights permitted to SNWA in Spring, Cave, Dry Lake, and Delamar valleys.

The Groundwater Development Project will reduce Southern Nevada’s reliance on Colorado River water and provide flexibility to respond to drought conditions on the river system.

Water Rights

The Nevada Office of the State Engineer is responsible for permitting water rights. The water developed by SNWA in Spring, Cave, Dry Lake and Delamar valleys will be conveyed for use in Southern Nevada.


The Bureau of Land Management issued rights-of-way for the primary water and power conveyance facilities of the SNWA's Groundwater Development Project in May 2013, after completion of an Environmental Impact Statement in 2012.

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