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  • Hoover Dam/Lake Mead

    I heard recently that the Hoover Dam may be forced to stop generation of hydroelectric power because the water level in Lake Mead is the lowest is has ever been in its history.

    The low water level threatens the fresh water supply for Las Vegas as well as the power that is sent to SOCAL and elsewhere.

    You guys better get busy and build a couple nukes to take the place of that cheap hydro-power you have been enjoying all these years.

    Can you say 14.7ยข/KWH ??

    Is what I am hearing true? Someone who lives out there give it to us straight please, as this would affect more than the immediate area. Economically this would be bad for the whole country, and there are other areas facing similar water shortages in the near future, but LA is #1 I think on the list of cities with water troubles.
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    Re: Hoover Dam/Lake Mead

    I have not heard that they will stop generating power out there, but I can't say I have really looked into that.

    What is true is that the water levels have been dropping for a long time now in the lake. They have been doing projects to lower the intake pipes at the lake that feed Vegas with water.

    If the levels in the lake continue to drop, it will be bad for everyone in the area. As if Vegas doesn't have enough problems right now.

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    • #3
      Re: Hoover Dam/Lake Mead

      It's time to seriously start some greywater re-use programs! We also need to figure out how to clean up storm water and put it back in the ground instead of draining it to a river. Sewer treatment plants all drain back to rivers as well, why not figure out how to put that water back in the ground? Re-supply our aquifers.
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      • #4
        Re: Hoover Dam/Lake Mead

        I flew into Vegas last March to meet up with a few guys from the Ridgid Forum. The commercial jet pilot got special permission to fly low over Hoover and Lake Mead.

        The waterline clearly tells the story

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        • #5
          Lake Mead Water Database (water-data.com)

          Lake Mead - Wikipedia

          Lake Mead 2000 2015 comparison - Lake Mead - Wikipedia
          Last edited by Bob D.; 07-28-2021, 04:41 AM.
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          • #6
            Outlaw golf courses as they are using amazing amounts of water.
            Make desert landscape style golf courses!!!

            Peoria AZ is planning to build more hotels near the "mother ship" [known to outsiders as Sate Farm Arena].
            It will include a new 18 hole golf course and a man made lagoon for show!!!

            Nestle has a hugh water bottling plant in the Phoenix selling fancy bottled water!
            I have no clue how many millions of plastic bottles of water they are producing a day
            But I do know they have a garden hose hooked up to a faucet to get city water!!!!!

            Yeah just what a desert city needs a water bottling plant.

            Bowling is better than golf..you never loose your ball, it's air conditioned, and requires minimal water

            Oh. the city of Glendale has a plan to limit/control water usage, they are planning to raise the price!!

            Cactus Man

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            • #7
              Funny the way us stupid humans set our priorities isn't it?

              CWS

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              • #8
                The house I grew up in had two water meters. A 3/4" for the house and a 1" for the sprinkler system.

                We never used the sprinkler system, my Dad was not into keeping up the lawn that much, no lime, fertilizer, or water other than what Nature provided was how he liked it.

                That was in the 60s but I could see something like that in the near future for those on municipal water. Get billed at one lower rate for your home domestic water usage and a second meter at a higher rate for irrigation.

                That's not a solution that anyone will be happy with but it is a possibility that could help curb unnecessary water use.
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                • #9
                  Years ago someone had a plan to make a new lake behind a new dam. I don't remember the exact details, but it's funny what happened. The dam was completed and the lake began filling behind it. But the water level only went so high and mysteriously stopped rising. They couldn't figure out what was wrong. Water coming in from the river going nowhere. A geologist was finally consulted and came over to check out the situation. He found the problem, which was that the stone halfway up the canyon walls was a particular type of sandstone called Pueblo Sandstone. Pueblo Sandstone is very porous. Like it will absorb all the water that comes it's way. The water flows through the sandstone down to an aquifer where it will sit for thousands of years before it percolates back up, if it ever does. Shortly thereafter the dam was disassembled.

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                    On the Colorado?

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                  40 Million People Rely on the Colorado River, and Now It's Drying Up


                  Last edited by Bob D.; 08-18-2021, 07:15 PM.
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                  • #11
                    Bob, I don't remember which river it was. Postscript - Orange County, California, grows so much food and they have been drawing water from beneath the soil for years. Some time ago, someone assessed the valley and found the ground of the whole valley had sunk several feet. Take the water from between the granules of dirt, sand, dust, whatever, and the land sinks.

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