Throughout the country and throughout the world, an increasing
number of communities are utilizing reclaimed water. The uses
for reclaimed water seem to grow on a daily basis, and demonstrate
an international acceptance of reclaimed wastewater as a clean,
safe product. The citizens of the Las Vegas Valley are no
exception to these trends and schools of thought. During the
past five years, at least four major citizens groups have
recognized the value of reclaimed water and made recommendations
to our water and wastewater purveyors to maximize this resource.
The Clark County Water Reclamation District has been
involved with each of these citizen groups, and has played
an important role in educating citizens on the uses, benefits
and opportunities for reuse in our valley. In fact, the decision
to proceed with the design and construction of the Desert
Breeze Water Resource Center was, in part, a byproduct of
our work with the Water Quality Citizens Advisory Committee
(WQCAC) and other outreach efforts by the District, including
citizen surveys, public meetings and one-on-one contacts with
In Las Vegas, water refreshes, cleanses and sustains
our quality of life, in what would otherwise be a dry and
lifeless desert. Water is a critical element in the world
as we know it.
One look at our community, with its golf courses and expansive
lake close by, and it's not always easy to understand that
the Las Vegas Valley doesn't abound in a rich and plentiful
But those of us who work every day to protect and preserve
our water know it takes much more than magic to complete the
In fact, we live in a desert that sees barely four inches
of rainfall per year. We rely on a limited groundwater supply
plus a relatively small allocation of Colorado River water
we pump from Lake Mead.
As thousands of individuals and families move into our community
each month, the need to be careful and conservative in our
water management increases in direct proportion to the demands
on our water resources.
To maintain a healthy environment and a clean, safe water
supply, we all play a pivotal role. The agencies that treat
and provide water to your homes, those of us who treat wastewater
and you, the citizen, make an efficient "Clean Water Team."
Working together, we can — and will — win in our
water conservation and reclamation efforts while we keep our
vibrant hometown safe and water-secure for many years to come.
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