The Southern Nevada Water Authority is addressing unprecedented drought conditions and providing long-term protection of the region’s primary water storage reservoir, Lake Mead. SNWA has completed a third (low level) water intake using tunnel boring methods and is building a low lake level pumping station to ensure Southern Nevada maintains access to its primary water supplies in Lake Mead. SNWA also constructed a third drinking water intake capable of drawing upon Colorado River water at lake elevations below 1,000 feet (above sea level). The third intake ensures system capacity if lake levels fall low enough to render SNWA’s existing intake system inoperable. It also will protect municipal water customers from water quality issues associated with declining lake levels. This session will provide an overview of the $650-million project, which is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Peter Jauch, P.E., has over 20 years of service with the Las Vegas Valley Water District/ Southern Nevada Water Authority managing the preparation of construction documents and design standards for capital improvements projects for potable and nonportable water distribution and transmission systems. He is responsible for daily operational models, long-range facility planning, development review, and approval. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in civil engineering, and he is a licensed PE in Nevada.