Stormwater Quality Management Committee
Clark County Regional Flood Control District
600 S. Grand Central Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89106

SNWA Board Declares Drought Alert
November 21, 2003

The Southern Nevada Water Authority Board declared a Drought Alert at its November meeting. The new drought stage takes effect Jan. 1, 2004

Despite the higher-than-average rainfall in the Las Vegas Valley in 2003 and the community's conservation efforts, the key factor in the drought is the below-average snowfall in the Rocky Mountains. Runoff from the Rockies feeds Lake Mead, our primary water source. Lake Mead has dropped more than 70 feet over the past few years, and it requires several years of above-average runoff to significantly raise current lake levels.

The more severe stage of drought means additional drought restrictions will impact all municipal water customers in Southern Nevada.

Additional drought restrictions include:

  • No car washing at home. You can use commercial car washes that capture and recycle water and mobile car washes that use less than 10 gallons of water per vehicle.
  • No grass allowed in new residential front yards where permits were issued after Jan. 1, 2004. Turf also is restricted at commercial and multi-family developments.
  • Water waste fees increase.
  • All mist systems prohibited.
  • All fountains above 25 square feet surface area must be turned off (resorts are exempt).

If you have questions related to the drought or the Drought Alert contact SNWA's Public Information Hotline at 258-3930. Or visit for more information.

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