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Vegas water intake now visible at drought-stricken Lake Mead

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Posted at 4:11 PM, Apr 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-30 19:11:08-04

LAS VEGAS — The water supply for Las Vegas has marked a milestone, with a water intake breaking the surface of the drought-depleted Lake Mead and the activation of a new pumping facility to draw water from deeper in the crucial Colorado River reservoir.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority released photos this week of the uppermost intake visible at the lake behind Hoover Dam.

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The agency says a deeper intake completed in 2020 that's called the third straw continues to let Las Vegas pump water from its primary supply while the lake level continues to decline.

The moves come as several states relying on the Colorado River take new steps to conserve water amid ongoing drought and climate change.