Governor Steve Sisolak, Senator Jacky Rosen, Congresswoman Susie Lee join SNWA to discuss water conservation efforts at Lake Mead

LAS VEGAS, NV – August 24, 2022

Today, Governor Steve Sisolak discussed water conservation and recycling efforts at Lake Mead as lake levels continue to fall during severe drought conditions.

The Governor’s Office is distributing informational handouts for people across Southern Nevada to learn how to conserve water and reduce waste in their neighborhoods. The Governor also announced he is creating a small group of water advisors, including Senior Climate Advisor Kristen Averyt and is preparing a water conservation and infrastructure package with American Rescue plan dollars to ensure our local governments have the tools they need to prepare for the State’s future.

“Our State has been preparing for this moment for decades – we’ve been a leader in water conservation and innovative technology and that’s not going to stop,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “Nevada’s doing our part – and we’re calling on all users of the Colorado to make sure all drops of water in the river are staying in the river and join us in our extensive measures to conserve and recycle.”

Attached to this release are the informational handouts in English and Spanish.

The Governor toured the low lake level water pumping station run by the Southern Nevada Water Authority before hosting a press conference alongside John Entsminger, general manager of the water authority, and Senator Jacky Rosen and Congresswoman Susie Lee to discuss water conservation and policies.

“Lake Mead, Nevada as a whole, and the entire Southwest region are facing unprecedented and critical levels of drought,” said Senator Rosen. “We cannot afford to wait any longer – we must work together to combat these drought conditions and mitigate their effects before it’s too late. I will continue working with Governor Sisolak, my colleagues in the Nevada delegation, and officials in our neighboring Southwestern states to develop solutions and enact legislation that protects Nevada’s water supply.”

“We are facing the worst drought in 12 centuries, and the severity of our drought is truly an existential threat to southern Nevada. That’s why I’m doing everything I can to help Nevada conserve our precious water resources, invest in water infrastructure, and address the climate crisis that led us to this point,” said U.S. Rep. Susie Lee. “I’m proud that my water recycling bill to keep more water in Lake Mead for Nevadans was signed into law, and I was proud to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which will invest in western water and combat climate change. But more must be done, and I’ll keep working with Governor Sisolak, my colleagues in Congress, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority to do address our drought with the urgency it deserves.”

The Governor also visited the Nevada Department of Wildlife’s Lake Mead Fish Hatchery which will become operational again after the Interim Finance Committee approved $3.1 million in federal funds for the replacement of the hatchery’s water supply line. The hatchery is essential to conserving our ecosystem and protecting native fish in Nevada’s waters. Learn more about the hatchery here.

Photos from the events at Lake Mead can be found here.