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

SNWA introduces Drought Plan
March 11, 2003

The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and its member agencies take steps to educate the community and encourage conservation as Southern Nevada experiences its fourth year of drought.

The SNWA introduced its Drought Plan at public meetings in response to drought conditions experienced throughout the western United States. In Southern Nevada, Lake Mead has dropped 60 feet in the last two years due to greatly reduced snowpack in the Rocky Mountains, the water source of the Colorado River. In Southern Nevada, 85 percent of the water we use comes from the Colorado River.

The Drought Plan was developed by the SNWA and its member agencies with input from more than 100 stakeholders at meetings including homeowners, golf courses, landscapers, developers and businesses. The Drought Plan outlines three phases of drought conditions:

  • Drought Watch
  • Drought Alert
  • Drought Emergency

Each phase is determined by the level of Lake Mead and consists of increasingly stringent conservation measures. The first phase, Drought Watch, may be in place as early as this summer. In addition, the SNWA plans to:

Launch a comprehensive public education campaign consisting of advertising, events, articles and other communications in March
Appoint a citizens advisory committee this spring to address conservation and drought as well as recommend conservation measures for the Drought Emergency phase.
Each board of the seven SNWA member agencies will consider the Drought Plan at one of their public meetings this spring. The Drought Plan will serve as the blueprint for Southern Nevada water providers.

Water providers will handle enforcement in their respective communities. The SNWA encourages voluntary compliance from the community.

In accordance with the Drought Plan, new developments will be restricted in the use of grass for new homes and commercial businesses. Homeowners with existing grass will not be required to remove it but will be offered increased incentives to convert to water efficient landscaping.

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


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