Thursday, March 10, 2005

Water and the Las Vegas Strip

George Will has some interesting stats on water for California and neighboring states that depend on the Colorado river.

Today, 30 million people from Denver to Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles and San Diego -- almost a tenth of all Americans -- depend on the (Colorado) river's water. But agriculture sops up 90 percent of it. The sprawl of Phoenix onto agricultural land actually decreases water use.

The Strip --- the portion of Las Vegas Boulevard that has 15 of the world's 20 largest hotels -- features vast fountains, a sea battle between pirate ships and an 8.5-acre lake in front of the Bellagio hotel. However, Mulroy says, The Strip accounts for less than 1 percent of the state's water use -- while producing 60 percent of the state's economy. The average hotel room uses 300 gallons of water a day, but it is all recycled.
I had no idea that hotels recycle their water on the Strip. I wonder how they do it?

via Seattle PI

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