The Colorado River is the water source for the majority of Southern Nevada's drinking water. Nevada is one of seven western states and Mexico sharing water rights to the Colorado River, and each entity is limited by law to an annual amount of water they can take from the river. Nevada's allocation is the smallest at only 300,000 acre feet, or about two percent of the total amount of available water. A decade-long drought in the upper Colorado River region has resulted in the lowest river flow levels since record-keeping began in 1906. The Colorado River supplies Lake Mead, the water storage reservoir that serves the lower basin states of Nevada, Arizona and California. These historically low flows from the Colorado River, in addition to increasing demands from all the states that rely on the river, have caused Lake Mead's elevation to drop by more than 100 feet in the last decade.
Persistent drought has shown us just how vulnerable our limited water resources are, and how important it is that we conserve water. The City of Henderson adopted the Southern Nevada Water Authority's Drought Plan on March 4, 2003, and integrated water conservation measures from the Drought Plan into the Henderson Municipal Code Title 14.14. that address:
Ultimately, Southern Nevada is located in one of the driest deserts in the world, and water conservation is a necessary way of life in the desert.
City of Henderson's Commitment to Water Conservation
Before asking our citizens to cut back on water use, the City of Henderson looked for ways to conserve. For example, the Fire Department uses special hose nozzles that use less water than regular nozzles but are just as effective in fighting fires. City facilities take advantage of low-flow faucets and toilets. The Parks and Recreation Department created a comprehensive Drought Response Plan that has reduced their water use by nearly 50% since 2002. View more details on the Parks and Recreation Department's water conservation efforts, or call (702) 267-4000.