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Kyle Canyon Water District

Message about Kyle Canyon water quality

During routine water testing conducted in Kyle Canyon in August 2017, the Kyle Canyon Water District identified three homes where lead concentrations exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s "action level" of 15 parts per billion (ppb).

Ten samples were taken from the Rainbow subdivision in the Kyle Canyon Water District service area. Three were slightly above the threshold: 16 ppb, 22 ppb, and 22 ppb respectively.

No lead was found in water from the Rainbow Well, which provides water to the subdivision. Because no lead was detected in the Rainbow Well and the Kyle Canyon Water District has no lead service lines, it is almost certain that the lead found in these three homes was the result of lead from the homes’ plumbing fixtures and/or solder dissolving into the water at it sits in the pipes, a process called "leaching."

The chemical composition of the source water can play a role in accelerating or slowing this process. While low levels of chloride have occurred historically, recent analyses of water from the Rainbow well have revealed higher concentrations of chloride than are typically found in this groundwater source. Chloride is not harmful, but we believe it is contributing to this leaching effect.

At the request of property owners, Southern Nevada Water Authority scientists collected and analyzed water samples from more than 120 Kyle Canyon homes, of which two had elevated lead levels.

To ensure water delivered to Kyle Canyon residents meets all drinking water standards, SNWA has implemented a treatment solution to reduce the potential for corrosion of home plumbing systems, which will reduce lead levels. We will continue to monitor water quality parameters at system distribution monitoring points within Rainbow Canyon.

Lead is a potential health threat that should not be ignored. It is particularly serious for children and pregnant women. Because homes are built using a variety of plumbing materials—particularly homes built before 1990—the only way to determine whether lead is present is by testing the household water.

Because lead dissolves slowly, one immediate step you can take is to "flush" your water line by running the faucet for at least a minute before use and until there is a change in water temperature. However, this is not a permanent solution. The only way to eliminate the threat of lead is by replacing any old lead-based plumbing or fixtures.

Kyle Canyon residents who have questions or would like the water in their homes tested for lead should call Customer Care at 702-870-4194.

The Kyle Canyon Water District is a publicly-owned, quasi-municipal political subdivision of Clark County. The Las Vegas Valley Water District operates and maintains the Kyle Canyon Water District, which supplies water to the Kyle Canyon community.

A Board of Trustees, composed of the Clark County commissioners, governs the Kyle Canyon Water District and has jurisdiction over its affairs. The board has sole responsibility for establishing rates, rules and regulations for the sale and distribution of water to properties within the district.

Contact us

By email
Email us questions and comments about the Kyle Canyon Water District.

By phone
For customer service-related questions, contact 702-870-4194
For general questions, contact Omar Saucedo at 702-258-3258

By mail
Kyle Canyon Water District
c/o Las Vegas Valley Water District
1001 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89153

Source water

Four wells supply water to the Kyle Canyon Water District:

  • Echo Well No. 3
  • Echo Well No. 4
  • Echo Well No. 5
  • Rainbow Well

Echo Well No. 3 is the primary drinking-water well serving the Echo View neighborhood and the Echo View Reservoir. It also supplements water needs in Rainbow, Cathedral Rock and the Old Town subdivisions.

Rainbow Well serves primarily the Rainbow View area. Rainbow Well receives supplemental water flows from the Echo wells when demand is high and it cannot replenish its supply naturally. This usually occurs in the summer.

Due to elevation differences, water from the Echo Wells and reservoir can be gravity fed to serve downhill customers. However, water from the Rainbow Well cannot be moved the nearly 200 feet uphill to the Echo View neighborhood.

Create a wildfire-safe landscape

A fire-safe landscape helps protect your home against wildfires.

You can request a copy of the Nevada Division of Forestry's "Wildfire Protection" booklet by calling the agency at 702-486-5123. The booklet provides information to help you create a fire-safe landscape as well as other tips to help you protect your home against wildfires.

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