With an endless supply of bright lights, five star restaurants, exotic hotels and of course, money, it’s hard to imagine the city of sin running out of anything, let alone the elixir of life that is water.
In fact, recent studies have shown that the city only has enough water to run for a finite number of years. The city, located in the Nevada Desert, takes its main supply of water from Lake Mead, and the newest reports have concluded that the lake could only produce enough to keep the city hydrated for the next two decades. Despite being the seemingly unlimited producer of all things sinful, Las Vegas is running out of its most precious commodity, so if you want to visit, you’d better get there fast – before 2036, if you can.
“219 gallons of water per person”
The report also concluded that, on a typical day in Las Vegas, the average person will consume 219 gallons of water, and this is more than just a quick shower or stopping to gawp at the Bellagio Fountains. According to scientists, around 70% of Las Vegas’ water supply is used to hydrate lawns, public parks and golf courses.
This is not a problem that has gone unnoticed – following Lake Mead’s all time low in 2010, plans were put in place in 2012 to pump 84,000 acre-feet of water into the desert resort. The Southern Nevada Water Authority has also commenced construction of a 23-foot tunnel into Lake Mead to continue its water supply, due for completion in 2015.
Why You Should Go Now
Though 20 years might seem a long time to get visiting, holiday makers would be advised to visit the city now before the crisis becomes too much to support Las Vegas’ 40 million annual visitors. The 2012 water pump project has already faced ongoing protest from cattle ranchers and native Americans, and gamblers should hit the strip now before the tensions from environmental agencies and new laws impose limits on the city.
Steve Erickson, coordinator for the Great Basin Water Network, Utah, suggested that the limitless lifestyle that is so synonymous with Vegas is to blame. “At some point, you have to live within your means, but that doesn’t fit with the image of Las Vegas.” So if you want to live beyond your means, book your tickets now before it’s too late.