Posted on | August 7, 2009 | 1 Comment
“TO SHORE up support for a controversial project, Southern Nevada Water Authority chief Pat Mulroy will ask her board for an ‘up-or-down vote’ on plans to pipe groundwater to Las Vegas from across rural eastern Nevada,” reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal today.
UPDATE – Saturday August 8, 2009: To read the Review-Journal about Patricia Mulroy and Las Vegas also in talks with Mexico over shared desalination deal, click here.
“In a surprise announcement Thursday, Mulroy said she wants the vote held later this month ‘in order to show that the political will is still there to move forward with the project.’ ” …
In daring the board to vote against the project that has been the focal point of her career, she told the Review-Journal that uncertainty about the community’s water supply would “spill over into our ability to recover economically. The banks will go crazy.” The R-J story continues: “The worst-case scenario involves a drop in Lake Mead so severe that it cuts the valley off from most of its present water supply.” And Mulroy continues: without some sort of safety net like the in-state pipeline, “you don’t have water in hydrants… You’re going to live Amman, Jordan. You’re going to get water once a week.’
The pivotal vote will take place Aug. 20. To read the Review-Journal story, click here.