Water Smarts Podcast

Nevada responds to first ever federally-declared shortage on the Colorado River

August 16, 2021 Southern Nevada Water Authority Season 1 Episode 14
Water Smarts Podcast
Nevada responds to first ever federally-declared shortage on the Colorado River
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Water Smarts Podcast
Nevada responds to first ever federally-declared shortage on the Colorado River
Aug 16, 2021 Season 1 Episode 14
Southern Nevada Water Authority

Climate change-fueled drought conditions have led the federal government to issue a water shortage declaration on the Colorado River, a move that will reduce the amount of water Southern Nevada will be allowed to withdraw from Lake Mead beginning in January 2022. Combined with existing water reductions outlined in the Drought Contingency Plan, the declared shortage will cut Southern Nevada’s annual water allocation by nearly 7 billion gallons of water next year – enough to serve more than 40,000 Las Vegas Valley households for a year. Colby Pellegrino, Deputy General Manager of Resources for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, joins the Water Smarts Podcast on episode 14 to discuss how Nevada is responding to the first ever federally-declared shortage on the Colorado River.

Show Notes

Climate change-fueled drought conditions have led the federal government to issue a water shortage declaration on the Colorado River, a move that will reduce the amount of water Southern Nevada will be allowed to withdraw from Lake Mead beginning in January 2022. Combined with existing water reductions outlined in the Drought Contingency Plan, the declared shortage will cut Southern Nevada’s annual water allocation by nearly 7 billion gallons of water next year – enough to serve more than 40,000 Las Vegas Valley households for a year. Colby Pellegrino, Deputy General Manager of Resources for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, joins the Water Smarts Podcast on episode 14 to discuss how Nevada is responding to the first ever federally-declared shortage on the Colorado River.