Las Vegas Water Usage Down

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Southern Nevada Water Authority says the
Las Vegas area used 5.2 billion fewer gallons of water in 2008 than
in 2007.

Officials say that's a five-year low - and the biggest
year-to-year drop since a drought plan and higher water rates went
into effect in 2003.

They're calling the decrease good news during a drought that has
lowered the water surface at the Lake Mead reservoir some 100 feet
since 2000.

And they think it stems from a number of factors.

An authority spokesman notes that a rate increase took effect
last March, some 20 million square feet of turf has been converted
to desert landscape, foreclosures have jumped, and tourism has

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