LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) -Las Vegas water officials are working to bring water to fast-growing communities in the Las Vegas Valley, while working to conserve available water during the drought.

A reservoir and pump station are being built at Centennial Parkway and Fort Apache Road that will help pump water to surrounding communities. More of these systems will be needed as communities continue to grow in the valley.

“Right now, the northwest part of the valley is growing. The reservoir that is being built here right now will be one of 83 reservoirs we have,” said Corey Enus of the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Valley Water District.

“The Southern Nevada community was able to do more with less…Last year we used 26 billion gallons less than in 2002 when the drought began. Since 2002, our community has grown by 750,000 people,” Enus said.

Enus said more people doesn’t necessarily mean more water use. Outdoor irrigation accounts for 60% of current use.

“Here in Southern Nevada, anything we use indoors, anything that touches a drain, is returned, processed and reused returned to the shutdown Colorado River system. If you build a house in 2022, versus a house in 1980 or 1990, you are not allowed to have wall-to-wall grass in the front yard. So if we build an apartment building right now, the only use of that building will be the use of water inside, but that water we can reuse again and again and again,” Enus said. .

Additional tanks will arrive in the Red Rock and Summerlin areas over the next six to 18 months, Enus said.

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