Day Zero is that day when you turn the water faucet and nothing happens.
As Governor, I will go to work, immediately, to ensure you always have water.
I will explore water acquisition options to supplement the 1922 Colorado River Compact; explore the feasibility of resourcing salt water for desalination; ensure less utilization of fresh water for agricultural purposes; as well as maximize our water conservation and water reclamation efforts.
Recently, the federal government declared a first-ever shortage on the Colorado River, and announced mandatory water cutbacks for Arizona, Nevada and Mexico. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials warned that more cuts may follow.
The Lake Mead reservoir has fallen to its lowest levels since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s, and the lake's level is continuing to drop after years of chronic overuse and drought intensified by climate change. It now stands at just 35% of full capacity.
We have to encourage residents to harvest rainwater. NB74 allows for rainwater collection under a water right grant, which must be used for intended purposes or risk being revoked. Assembly Bill 198 states that the Legislative Committee on Public lands will review alternative water sources, including rainwater harvesting.
As governor, I will authorize a thorough and complete examination of the feasibility of mimicking the nation’s largest seawater desalination plant in the coastal town of Carlsbad. This plant, which provides enough high-quality water to serve about 400,000 people, is the result of a public-private partnership.
This $1 billion project includes the nation’s most technologically advanced and energy-efficient seawater desalination plant, a 10-mile large-diameter pipeline and improvements to Water Authority facilities for distributing desalinated seawater throughout San Diego County.
Eighty percent of the water used in Nevada is used for Agricultural purposes.
Therefore, we would be remiss if we did not consider saline agriculture to reduce fresh water usage for that purpose.
There are four pillars of agriculture, all of which would need to be adapted to make saline agriculture possible:
(1) crop and cultivar choice; (2) irrigation; (3) fertilization; and (4) soil management.
in addition to desalination agriculture, we will explore the feasibility of desalination manufacturing.
I would explore the feasibility of building a water pipeline from the Pacific ocean to the Lake Mead vicinity. That Public-Private pipeline could be constructed primarily alongside the proposed, high speed train, which will likely be built to run from Los Angeles to Nevada.
Conjoining these two major infrastructure projects would save time and money, as the same heavy equipment could be used to build both.