Wendy Rush

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Water wasters…you might want to read this. It’s no secret we are in a major water crisis in Las Vegas. It shouldn’t be a surprise that we’ve gotten to the point of needing to fine water wasters in the city. And now those fines are getting more abundant and more expensive.

The LVRJ recently reported that three water jurisdictions in Las Vegas are amping up their game to catch offenders. Their employing more inspectors to do more investigations to hand out more fines. More than ever before in our city’s history, and for good reason. We’re running out of water. Fast.

Bronson Mack, spokesman for the Las Vegas Valley Water District, gave a statement to the Review Journal: “Las Vegas residents are much more attuned to the current Lake Mead water situation, and in our experience that’s very much related to media coverage of water issues over the past year”. The LVVWD covers about 70 percent of the water users in the city.

While some water fines start at just $40, they can get pretty high pretty fast. Repeat offenders might even find themselves with a $5000 fine. And each jurisdiction is fining abundantly more than they have in years past. Because the time to stop messing around when it comes to our water resource is long overdue.

Henderson, for example, fined a total of $59,040 in 2019, $93,500 in 2020 and $413,920 in 2021. And this year they’ve already reach over $480,000 just by July. (LVRJ) Henderson has four inspectors that look for offenders between 3:30am and 11pm every day.

The Las Vegas Valley Water District is the second jurisdiction. They have ten water investigators who work 24/7 to find offenders. Their fine totals are also increasing. 2019 resulted from $260,640, $560,320 in 2021 and $344,000 in the first half of 2022.

The third jurisdiction, North Las Vegas, are new this year to water waste fines. They have reported investigated 5 out of every of their 100 customers. They have six full team members dedicated to finding water wasters.

Don’t get fined! Remember to check your local jurisdiction to find out your watering clock for this time of year.

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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Carla Rea's Fun On Lake Mead

I’ve had so much fun at, and on Lake Mead over the years – as you can see in the pictures. But it’s scary what is happening to our lake.

As of last weekend, the depth of Lake Mead is about 1045 feet above sea level, it has lost another 6 feet of water in just one month, and is now at 29% capacity.

The six foot drop in just one month is a lot, but there are a lot of reasons beyond over usage: The Bureau of Reclamation has held back water from Lake Powell to allow power to be generated at the Glen Canyon Dam is one reason, the severe prolonged drought and evaporation are also taking a toll.

If the level continues to fall a water shortage will be declared for 2023. This would mean a reduction in the water allocated to us here in the Vegas valley. Last year we used 242,000 acre feet of water with an allocation of 300,000 acre feet. FYI: An acre foot of water is what two average households use per year.

I know firsthand how low the lake is. How? I had to pay for a prop on a boat rental because I got too close to a rock – that was about 50 feet from the shore!

Have fun on the lake, but be careful out there!

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    Lake Mead

    Easy to see how low the lake level has dropped, by the rings.

     

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    Lake Mead

    View of Lake Mead from the railroad tunnels.

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    Lake Mead

    Different areas of Lake Mead all have a different beauty

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    Lake Mead

    On Lake Mead on a beautiful chamber of commerce day!

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    Lake Mead

    As close as you can get to Hoover Dam in a boat.

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    Lake Mead

    Clouds over Lake Mead

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    Lake Mead

    Some days are even more beautiful than others on Lake Mead

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    Lake Mead

    I’ll drive the boat!

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    Lake Mead

    Admiral Rea at your service!

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    Lake Mead

    Time for a swim!