Have you ever driven past one of those backed up storm drains, watched that water rushing into it, and wondered: “Where does all that storm water go?”
Heavy rains in some parts of the Las Vegas valley on Monday (July 25) caused flooded intersections and backed up storm drains.
Well, I checked into it and found myself on the Las Vegas Valley Water District website to learn more. As you might expect, the runoff from rainfall runs through the Las Vegas Wash. From there it ends up in Las Vegas Bay at Lake Mead.
I would have thought that the reason Lake Mead is at historically low levels is because we do not get very much rain here in Southern Nevada. Come to find out, according to the LVVWD website, storm water and urban runoff only account for 2 percent of our city’s water supply.
During the summer months, when water demand is at its highest levels, 10 percent of Las Vegas’s water supply comes from ground water located under the surface of the Earth.
The other 90 percent of our water supply comes from the Colorado River. However, there are seven western states in the USA, plus Mexico, which share this river. It serves over 25 million people. You can learn more about this extremely important river at SNWA.com.
I don’t know about you but all of this talk about water is making me thirsty!
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ – Las Vegas. After programming top-rated radio stations in cities like Bakersfield, CA, Nashville, TN, and Riverside / San Bernardino, CA, he and his family decided to plant roots here in Las Vegas in 1994. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.