- Greenjeans sez:
> What I don't understand is how a city like Las Vegas can exist, andLas Vegas has a population of around one million (it's hard to
> yet it still is the fastest growing city in the US today! Since
> they're right in the middle of the desert, how much water do they
> need to bring in each day just to keep things from drying up?
keep careful track with all those suburbs popping up all the
Each person needs about twenty gallons of water a day for
culinary and household use. Triple that to include a
generous lawn and industrial/public/golf uses. That makes
60 gallons per day per person or about 20 000 gallons per
20 000 /person / year x 1 000 000 persons = 20 billion gal/year
Nevada's allocation of water from Mead Reservoir is 300 000
acre feet of water per year. An acre foot is just under
400 000 gallons.
300 000 acre feet * 400 000 gallons/af = 120 billion gal/year
I expect Las Vegas will continue growing as long as California's
government can keep screwing things up in L.A.
-B. Earl Watkins