This is the water chapter from the Southern Nevada Inventory of Sustainable Systems, also known as the Las Vegas Sustainability Atlas. Las Vegas is incorrectly tied to the water loss in Lake Mead, and the resort industry is improperly noted as a prime culprit. The resort industry only uses about seven percent of the annual water use. The resort industry sees about 40 million visitors per year, the metropolitan population is two million. The metropolitan area is very efficient in its water use, returning almost two-thirds of its used water back into the lake each year. The only way Las Vegas will go completely dry is if the Colorado River runs dry.
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