Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Moderation city

Las Vegas, built on sin, wrote gospel on conservation


Outside Magazine

Las Vegas is a city that can’t afford to gamble on the weather. Nearly every drop of water used indoors gets channeled through some 2,000 miles of pipe to treatment facilities, where the water is filtered, treated and exposed to ultraviolet light that disinfects it. From there, it’s pumped back into Lake Mead, where Vegas can then draw it out again. It is a city of excess that has become a model of water conservation in the West.


State law tested in Colorado headwaters stream

National Geographic

The infamous use-it-or-lose-it rule is arguably the biggest barrier to water conservation and river-flow restoration in the western United States. In the Colorado River headwaters, just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, Willow Creek is providing a test case for Colorado's 2013 groundbreaking law that allows new flexibility.


UW to study making CO2 storage water potable

Wyoming Business Report

The University of Wyoming is among five institutions across the nation selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to study the feasibility of using salty water from carbon dioxide storage sites to produce fresh water. The $1.9 million in federal funding will be used to explore the technological and economic aspects of converting the salty water, or brine, into potable water.

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