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Hoover Dam 1983
This 1983 photo of Hoover Dam shows Lake Mead's water level at 1,211 ft. (Click on picture for larger image.)
Hoover Dam 2003
This 2003 photo of Hoover Dam shows Lake Mead's water level at 1,148 ft. (Click on picture for larger image.)
Droughts are natural
Droughts are a fact of life in virtually every climate, so it's important to develop plans to reduce the impact of a drought. Defining a drought can be difficult because it's not a distinct event like a flood, fire or hurricane. Instead, a combination of complex factors interact with the environment causing a reduction in a community's water supply.

Communities can aggravate drought conditions through high water consumption practices and inefficient water use.

Although no one can predict or control how long a drought will last, people can reduce their water usage to help stretch the water supply.

Valley experiencing fifth year of drought
Southern Nevada gets about 90 percent of its water supply from the Colorado River.

Lake Mead water levels have dropped more than 100 feet since January 2000. It will take several years of above-average snowfall and rainfall in the Rocky Mountains before Lake Mead's water level rises to normal. To ensure the Las Vegas Valley has enough water during this drought period and in the future, the Southern Nevada Water Authority and its member agencies developed a Drought Plan, which is now part of the Water Resource Plan.

For more information on the drought, check out the Water Authority's website: snwa.com. It can provide more information about the drought and water conservation efforts to help alleviate its effects on our community.

Watch the Video

Drought and Water Resources
Learn how Southern Nevada is conserving water, protecting groundwater and planning for the future.