Conservation, Infrastructure, Sustainability

Las Vegas Uses just 5% of the Water in Nevada


Lake Mead is the Largest Man Made Reservoir

28% Water Use Decrease Simultaneous to a 50% Population Increase

8 Years of Water in Reserve

The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is a not-for-profit, regional water agency that was formed to address southern Nevada’s unique water needs on a regional basis. SNWA is responsible for treating and delivering high-quality water, operating and managing regional water facilities, and implementing comprehensive water conservation programs. The wholesale water agency also maintains a 50-year water resource plan to ensure a secure water supply for southern Nevada over the next half-century.

Southern Nevada Water Authority

Southern Nevada Water Authority

Established: 1991

Employees: 1,200

Operating Budget: $130 million

Mission: Provide world-class water service in a sustainable, adaptive, and responsible manner to our customers through reliable, cost-effective systems.

Services Provided: Treatment and delivery of wholesale water, regional water supply planning and management, water quality testing and compliance, and regional water conservation programs

Website: snwa.com

Member Agencies


Enhancing its nationally renowned water conservation program, SNWA initiated new restrictions prohibiting Sunday landscape irrigation, a step projected to save the community an additional 900 million gallons of water annually. The SNWA’s suite of water efficiency and conservation incentive programs combined with water reuse have reduced the state’s Colorado River water consumption by approximately 30%, even as southern Nevada’s population and tourism base continue to grow.

SNWA member agencies include the Big Bend Water District in Laughlin; the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, and Boulder City; the Clark County Water Reclamation District; and the Las Vegas Valley Water District. Together, these seven agencies provide water and wastewater services to southern Nevada’s two million residents and more than 40 million annual visitors.