By Troy Wilde
As California implements historic mandatory water restrictions, Nevada officials say the Silver State is prepared to face the ongoing drought after more than a decade of conservation efforts. Bronson Mack, public information officer with the Southern Nevada Water Authority, says the Las Vegas area has been conserving water for many years.
“We initiated mandatory watering schedules,” says Mack. “We initiated drought ordinances in relation to development. So we’ve done a number of things here in the early 2000s locally that have put Southern Nevada in a pretty good position today, from a drought and water resource perspective.”
California Governor Jerry Brown is ordering residents, cities and towns as well as businesses and farms to cut water use by 25 percent.
It’s being blamed on record low snow pack in the Sierra Nevada mountains, a major water source for the state.