Water Authority looks to Curb Another Group of Water Wasters — Septic Systems

As outlooks for water supplies on the Colorado River continue to worsen, water regulators in Southern Nevada are turning their sights to another set of water wasters.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority is looking to entice as many of the estimated 15,000 septic system users in the Las Vegas Valley to abandon their water-seeping septic tanks and hook into the municipal sewer system that recycles water back into Lake Mead that can then be reused again and again.

The initiative would aid the authority in water conservation efforts it says are needed to meet the water demands associated with the valley’s continued population growth over the next several decades, according to John Entsminger, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority.