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LAS VEGAS -- Clark County officials are making plans to
increase the use of recycled wastewater in drought-parched southern
The county Water Reclamation District will begin using treated
wastewater next year at a park near Sam Boyd Stadium, a switch that
could save 99 million gallons of drinking water used annually to
irrigate the 89-acre park.
The district is also planning a 10-mile pipeline across the region
to deliver recycled water to more parks, schools, cemeteries and golf
Peter Archuleta, reclamation district general manager, said the
pipeline could cost $23.7 million and be completed within three
Some southern Nevada golf courses have used recycled water for
years, and Nevada Power Co. has used treated wastewater to cool its
power plants since 1958.
But in the past, the reclamation district counted on private users
to build pipelines to get the water.
Efforts to make treated wastewater more widely available come amid
increasing concerns about drought affecting the Las Vegas drinking
water supply. The fast-growing region with about 1.6 million people
is nearly drawing its limit of drinking water from the Lake Mead
reservoir at Hoover Dam.
The first phase of the pipeline would include two pumping stations
and three small reservoirs. A second phase, extending another seven
miles, could cost another $17 million.
Henderson is currently the largest reclaimed wastewater user in
the region. It used 2.7 billion gallons last year to water
landscaping along the Boulder Highway thoroughfare and nine of the
city's 12 golf courses.
The Las Vegas Valley Water District and the city of Las Vegas
jointly operate two reclamation facilities supplying about 8.5
million gallons of water a day to 15 other golf courses.
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