‘We live in a desert. We have to act like it’: Las Vegas faces reality of drought | Climate crisis in the American west | The Guardian

Kaye is one of nearly 50 water waste investigators deployed by the local water authority to crack down on even the smallest misuse of a liquid perilously scarce in the US west, desiccated by two decades of drought. The situation in Las Vegas, which went a record 240 consecutive days without rain last year, is increasingly severe. Lake Mead, the vast reservoir that supplies Las Vegas with 90% of its water, has now plummeted to a historic low, meaning Nevada faces the first ever mandatory reduction in its water supply next year. This looming cutback is forcing restrictions upon the city that has somehow managed to thrive as a gaudy oasis in the baking Mojave desert.

Source: ‘We live in a desert. We have to act like it’: Las Vegas faces reality of drought | Climate crisis in the American west | The Guardian

2 thoughts on “‘We live in a desert. We have to act like it’: Las Vegas faces reality of drought | Climate crisis in the American west | The Guardian”

    1. That’s good – last time I was in Las Vegas was 2002 and it had changed massively from the 1960’s when I had last visited there. I preferred Reno – grin.

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