Rural water rights issue ongoing in Nevada

    
 

Monday, Jan 30 2012 2:18PM

The Southern Nevada Water Authority still wants to take water form rural valleys of the state and bring it to the Las Vegas area.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority still wants to take water form rural valleys of the state and bring it to the Las Vegas area.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) recently reduced its request to state lawmakers for the amount of water it would like provided to the southern region from the state's rural areas, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

The SNWA initially asked the state for 125,975 acre-feet of water from rural valleys, but lowered its request to 104,854 acre-feet, the paper reports. The authority also recommended some water be set aside for rural agricultural growth.

According to the newspaper, the SNWA has been asking state officials for additional water for Las Vegas, which is dealing with a substantial water crisis. However, rural authorities in other areas of the state maintain taking water from rural communities would create a strain on households and businesses, the Sun notes.

Some officials in rural Nevada are concerned about the future of water use statewide. Virgin Valley Water District Manager Ken Rock spoke at a meeting recently, during which he stated a water management plan for the area is needed to prevent water issues from developing in the years to come, reports the Desert Valley Times.

For further information, check out these sources: Las Vegas Sun, Desert Valley Times

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