While the state of its water supply improved slightly this summer – it was 70 days away from running out of potable water as opposed to 50 last summer – Las Vegas is still raising water rates and looking for additional capital to complete water supply projects. To put this number in perspective, consider that engineers hired to complete a water supply study estimate that Las Vegas should have three years of water stored for emergencies.
Las Vegas has limited options available to them which is driving demand for wastewater reuse technology and water efficient solutions for irrigation, air conditioning, and other processes.
We see Las Vegas as a microcosm of the broader water challenges faced around the world. Trends such as population growth, urbanization, industrial growth, and the associated changes in consumption patterns, combined with a failing infrastructure and climate change are converging to create a significant water supply and demand imbalance that is driving the adoption of innovation technologies. All end users – from municipalities, to industrial groups such as oil & gas, food & beverage, and mining, commercial users like hotels and resorts, as well as agricultural users and even households – are forced to change the way they manage their water to adapt to this new reality.