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Lake Mead Intake System Threatened

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Las Vegas CBS KXNT – The Southern Nevada Water Authority is trying to stave of a crisis, as Lake Mead’s water level sinks, and the flow through one of its water intake pumping stations is threatened.

SNWA spokesman Bronson Mack says the water authority will ask its board to approve $12.2 million to construct a connection between its deeper-sitting third intake tube and the at-risk pumping station, which currently moves half of the valley’s water supply.

The pumping station for the system’s number-one water intake tube is situated at the highest elevation of the Lake Mead intake system. The connection from the so-called “third straw” will push water up to the pumping station. A connection to the system’s second pumping station has already been built.

The third straw under construction for five years, and is scheduled for completion some time late next year.

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