Leaking Las Vegas: Lake Mead Water Levels Continue To Crash

Tyler Durden's picture

The last time we looked at Las Vegas water supply, the comments from professionals were "Vegas is screwed," and unless water levels in Lake Mead rise by 7%, "it's as bad as you can imagine." The bad news... Water levels in Lake Mead have never been lower for this time of year - and this is before the Summer heat seasonal plunge takes effect.


We noted previously, as with many things in Sin City, the apparently endless supply of water is an illusion.

America’s most decadent destination has been engaged in a potentially catastrophic gamble with nature and now, 14 years into a devastating drought, it is on the verge of losing it all.


“The situation is as bad as you can imagine,” said Tim Barnett, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “It’s just going to be screwed. And relatively quickly. Unless it can find a way to get more water from somewhere Las Vegas is out of business. Yet they’re still building, which is stupid.”

And things haven't improved at all...

Source: The Burning Platform

Which as we concluded previously, is a grave concern:

"It's just going to be screwed. And relatively quickly," warns Tim Barnett, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, telling The Telegraph, the situation in Las Vegas is "as bad as you can imagine". After a devastating, 14-year drought drained the reservoir that supplies 90% of the city’s water, the apparently endless supply of water is an illusion as Las Vegas population has soared.


As Barnett ominously concludes, "unless it can find a way to get more water from somewhere, Las Vegas is out of business. Yet they’re still building, which is stupid."

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Luck Dragon's picture

I have a friend who just sold their house, and bought a bigger and nicer one in Vegas. The thought process is of course "they" will fix the situation. "They" being the government, also known as The Most Dangerous Superstition, or should we just call them "God"?

"Someone will figure this out, not my problem."

Monty Burns's picture

What about a pipeline from the Great Lakes?  Seriously.  Similar sized projects have been undertaken in the past. (And Mr. Yellen can print up the money.)

robertocarlos's picture

You can't take any of the Canadian water.

zrussell's picture

Not to worry...  Just need an Exective order: LET THERE BE WATER!!! and everyone gets an obamapint...

IndyPat's picture

Holy Shit Tyler!

Scrub comments much?

Matt's picture

Zerohedge decided to use the 4Chan model, have comments disappear after 24 hours, so we'll have to talk in memes.

DullKnife's picture

Maybe they could do what California does....terrible, historic drought....so import millions of illegal aliens....problem solved!   Dem Party never loses another election (the fear of such which was the only problem Calif's ruling Party cares about).


schnydz's picture

When was the last time we built a damn dam in the south/north west? All that snow melt and rain water running off into the ocean and yet we complain about a drought... A typical not-so-special cyclical drought. Another point-less emergency for our state/local governments to gain more power and money. Oh but it's AGW! Notice the Big D libs that run this state (CA) are only talking about rationing and taxing. NOTHING about building up our infrastructure that hasn't seen any major investment in 40+ years. Maybe they should look to conservation and conserve our water with more damn dams. 

Goner's picture

Interesting fact. The Colorado River does not make it to the Ocean most years and has not since around 1960

fedupwhiteguy's picture

You can forget about taking water from the Great Lakes. I believe Nestle will quash any attempt at siphoning any of "their" water.




p.s. and now China is getting in on the act.



Expat's picture

Damn gubbamint!  It's all their fault.  They built the stupid dam which created the reservoir which gave us water which allowed us to build a mirage city in the desert and get rich!  And now they want to tell us how we can use that water and how we should use less.  I think they should stay out of our lives...except to give us free water and build more reservoirs, and maybe build a desalinization plant somewhere on the coast and pump free water to Vegas...but other than that...Stay out of our lives, Washington!