Hidden Oasis: Water Conservation and Efficiency in Las Vegas

Published: November 2007

Authors: Heather Cooley, Taryn Hutchins-Cabibi, Michael Cohen, Peter Gleick, and Matthew Heberger

Pages: 60



Despite its famous fountains, Las Vegas, Nevada has no natural water resources. The city is an artificial desert oasis that presents a significant challenge to water management. This report, prepared by the Pacific institute in partnership with Western Resources Advocates, reveals that the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) can tap a number of tested, cost-effective efficiency measures to cut current water waste in Las Vegas and the surrounding communities by up to 86,000 acre-feet.