The Colorado River
Southern Nevada gets nearly 90 percent of its water from the Colorado River. The other 10 percent of our water comes from groundwater that is pumped out through existing wells within Clark County.
The Las Vegas Valley Water District is a member agency of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), which develops and maintains a Water Resource Plan that serves all the member agencies.
The plan includes the history of water in Southern Nevada, the SNWA water resource portfolio, what will be done to meet future water demands and environmental impact issues.
Water conservation is an important component of SNWA's Water Resource Plan. SNWA has established a conservation goal of 199 gallons per capita per day (GPCD) by 2035 for Southern Nevada.
Since 2002 when the drought response plan was first developed, Southern Nevada has reduced its GPCD demand 29 percent from 314 GPCD to 222 GPCD in 2011. While this reduction in water use can be attributed to community conservation efforts, recent economic conditions also may be a factor in the GPCD reduction.
See the Conservation section for information about how you can help protect our water resources.