With southern Nevada reliant on the Colorado River, water resource planning is a priority to meet the community’s water demands. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (“SNWA”) has sought to ensure water removed from Lake Mead is used, deposited into the sewer system, treated, and returned. Each gallon returned generates “return-flow credits,” allowing southern Nevada to take more water from the Colorado River system. Water removed and not otherwise returned, such as evaporation or septic system storage, is deemed consumptive use and is the target of the SNWA.
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