The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is a cooperative agency formed in 1991 to address Southern Nevada’s unique water needs on a regional basis. SNWA officials are charged with managing the region’s water resources and providing for the present and future water needs of Las Vegas Valley residents and businesses.
The Water Smart Landscape Rebate Program has helped the community upgrade more than 160 million square feet of lawn to water-efficient landscaping, saving the community billions of gallons of water each year.
More than 14,000 coupons have been distributed to participants in the Pool Cover Instant Rebate Coupon Program, which has contributed a total of 480 million gallons of saved water.
The Irrigation Clock Rebate Program gave financial assistance for customers to upgrade their landscape irrigation controllers to water-efficient models, facilitating replacement of nearly 2,000 controllers and saving the community more than 150 million gallons of water.
Since 2001, businesses participating in the Water Efficient Technologies Program have saved more than 1.75 billion gallons of water, and between 2002 and 2012, Southern Nevada’s consumption of Colorado River water decreased by approximately 29 billion gallons despite the addition of 400,000 residents.
SNWA Member Agencies
SNWA is governed by a seven-member agency comprised of representatives from each of its member organizations that work to ensure the success of the water situation in Southern Nevada:
n order to address unprecedented drought conditions and provide long-term protection of Southern Nevada's primary water storage reservoir—Lake Mead— the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) Board of Directors approved the construction of a new drinking water intake in May 2005.
The intake is designed to maintain SNWA's ability to draw upon Colorado River water at lake elevations as low as 1,000 feet above sea level. This will ensure system capacity if lake levels fell low enough to put Intake No. 1 out of service. It also will protect municipal water customers from water quality issues associated with declining lake levels.
Construction on this third intake is scheduled for completion in 2015. Once completed, Intake No. 3 will connect with the existing Intake No. 2 to convey water to SNWA's water treatment facilities. From there, the water will be piped to households and businesses.
Begun in 2008, the construction of Intake No. 3 is an enormous project involving a tunnel boring machine chewing through solid rock underneath Lake Mead and an intake structure two and a half miles offshore. More than 1,000 concrete truck loads were transported to the intake site on 143 barge trips.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) has received the "15 Year Directors Award of Recognition" from the Partnership for Safe Water, a national volunteer initiative developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other water organizations representing water suppliers striving to provide their communities with drinking water quality that surpasses the required federal standards.
The SNWA was presented the award for successfully completing the Self-Assessment and Peer Review phase of the Partnership program, a phase which consists of identifying factors that limit treatment plant performance.
"We are honored to receive this award, which reflects the commitment of our organization to providing a safe, reliable water supply," said Dave Johnson, director of Water Quality and Treatment for the Southern Nevada Water Authority. "Maintaining water quality that surpasses state and federal health standards is critical to the SNWA's mission. Being considered among the highest-performing water treatment facilities in the country is a rewarding achievement, and it is a level of performance that we will continue to build upon as both conditions in Lake Mead and the regulatory environment change. This award would not be possible without the professionalism and dedication of our entire team."
The Partnership currently includes more than 220 water utilities, collectively serving more than 85 million people. This represents more than 60 percent of the U.S. population served by surface water supplies.
Each utility has committed to the enhancement of drinking water quality and operational excellence in water treatment. As members of the Partnership, utilities make a pledge to their communities to improve their treatment operations to reduce the risk of exposure to microbial contaminants, namely Cryptosporidium, a parasite that can cause illness. By making this commitment, the member utilities' treatment practices undergo a rigorous review developed by national experts, and includes a four-phased, self-assessment and peer-review process.