With a hot summer approaching, all of us at Superior Plumbing Vegas thought you might want to hear a few cool facts about where Southern Nevada gets some of its energy and most of its water.
Aside from being a great summer destination for travelers from around the world, Hoover Dam is a vital resource for electricity in Southern Nevada, Arizona and Southern California. The water passing through the dam generates energy equivalent to 4.5 billion kilowatt hours which is enough to
service millions of people.
Built in the Black Canyon on the Colorado River, Hoover Dam sits on the border of Nevada and Arizona. Construction on the massive project began in 1931 and the project was completed in 1936. Standing the equivalent of a 60-story building (726 feet) and 45 feet thick at the crest, it is still hailed as one of the greatest engineering accomplishments of all time.
The Superior Plumbing Vegas team finds the three functions of the Dam most interesting. First, control the Colorado River to eliminate yearly threat of flood damage to fertile regions. Second, create Lake Mead to provide storage of the annual Colorado River runoff, thereby assuring a stable water supply for irrigating hundreds-of-thousands of acres of land in southern California and southwest and central Arizona. Lastly, hydroelectric power is generated to assist in the repayment of the Dam’s construction and provide the financial means to cover annual operational expenses.
According the United States Bureau of Reclamation, Nevada is the greatest beneficiary of the power generated, receiving more than 23 percent of the total kilowatt hours. Southern Nevada receives 90% of its water supply from the Colorado River. With conservation measures underway, it is noted that Southern Nevada saved more than 32 billion gallons of water between 2002 and 2014. While more efforts are needed, Southern Nevada is doing its part to have a sustainable water source for many years to come.
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