August 30, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Southern Nevada Water Authority says the
Las Vegas area used 5.2 billion fewer gallons of water in 2008 than
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
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