LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The Southern Nevada Water Authority has a $12 million plan to keep Nevada afloat as it considers emergency funds to keep the water flowing.
There are two concrete straws in Lake Mead that drain water for citizens to use. But the lake is draining faster than anyone expected, and in just two years one of those straws is going to be out of the water.
Now the plan is to try and extend that straw a little deeper and as the water authority puts it buy us time.
How fast is the lake draining? Eleven years ago, the rings seen around the top of the lake were just forming, and now levels are a hundred feet lower. The lake is projected to drop another thirty feet this year. The authority is building another pipe to pull water from the bottom of the lake, but construction has ran into delays, and now it won’t be finished before one straw goes dry.
Water Authority spokesperson J.C. Davis says it’s not time to panic, but the problem is serious.
“Our sole priority is making sure we can provide a reliable water supply,” Davis said. “all we think about all the time is how to do that. And the conditions on Lake Mead are unprecedented. There’s just no nice way to put it.”
The authority's board will vote in twenty days on the $12 million plan that could buy us a year or a little more while the next straw is completed. The water authority says they already have the $12 million in emergency funds set aside, so the project will not result in a rate hike.