Why Water Conservation is Important
The state of Nevada is one of the driest in the United States. It receives an average of only 10-inches of rainfall every year. As a result, it gets approximately 70 percent of its water needs from the Colorado River. Drought conditions since 2000 have proven to be detrimental to the state’s water supply, including the water levels in Lake Mead. Growing water needs and ongoing drought conditions make conservation efforts a must if we intend to pass the enjoyment of the water to future generations. For those of us who enjoy Las Vegas kayaking, water conservation is a must!
Water is Essential to Life
Water is essential and affects all facets of life. Farmers depend on water to sustain animals and to grow food. Fish and other aquatic organisms rely on water to survive. Plants need water to produce the air we breathe. Many industries require water for sustainability, including power companies, mining, hospitality, medical, and entertainment. Especially in the desert, water is even more essential to these industries and the cities these industries support.
Conservation Saves Money and Energy
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American uses 88 gallons of water per day. With conservation efforts and small changes in water usage, the average family can save over 13,000 gallons of water and over $130 a year. Pumping water also requires the use of energy. By saving water, you reduce your carbon footprint.
Ensures the Survival of Some Endangered Species
A number of species rely on the water from Lake Mead and the Colorado River for survival. Water conservation protects these ecosystems from further damage.
Minimize the Effects of the Drought
By conserving now, we reduce the effects of future drought years. This also gives environmentalists time to locate new and better water sources.
By following a few simple water-saving techniques, you can help cut your water usage by half. This ensures others can enjoy Lake Mead, the Colorado River, and Las Vegas kayaking for generations to come. To schedule a kayak trip down the beautiful Black Canyon and to enjoy these desert waters, schedule a tour with Blazin’ Paddles online.