Water in Las Vegas : coping with scarcity, financial and cultural constraints

Authors: Lasserre, Frédéric
Abstract: Background : Las Vegas has often been described as offering the paradox of wasting large amounts of water for the tourism industry, whereas it is located in an arid desert area. However, a closer examination shows that it is residential demand that is responsible for most of water use. Method : This paper will rely on the analysis and comparison of the main water policy elements in several Western cities, with a special focus on Las Vegas. Results : The city authorities embarked, in the late 1950s, in policies aimed at reducing a very large residential water demand. If the authorities have been successful, efficiency gains can certainly be achieved as per capita use remains high in the Las Vegas area, and tariffs low. Conclusion : Political, sociological, legal and technical constraints weigh in to provide for a difficult equation to solve for water authorities. These difficulties might explain why the lure of massive water diversions is looming high again.
Keywords : Water, Water use, Watershed, Las Vegas, Water authority, Outdoor water use, Price, Tariff, Incentives, Diversions.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 30 May 2015
Open Access Date: 18 March 2016
Document version: VoR
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/427
This document was published in: City, Territory and Architecture, Vol. 2 (1), 1–11 (2015)
https://doi.org/10.1186/s40410-015-0027-4
Springer
Alternative version: 10.1186/s40410-015-0027-4
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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