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Edward Lawrence, Reporter

Startling Water Predictions Spark Huge Response

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Startling new predictions about running out of water in Southern Nevada has sparked a flood of feedback from across the nation. There has been an overwhelming response from people living here as well as watching online.

It's disturbing to see the Water Authority's data, which shows a significant water shortage of drinking water from the Colorado River, even if all of the construction projects are completed on schedule.

Click here to read part one of this story: Clock is Ticking on Las Vegas' Water Supply

Reaction online has been mixed -- but plentiful. With more than 100,000 hits. The Southern Nevada Water Authority believes this tranquil place, Spring Valley, will be part of the water answer for Las Vegas.

BLOG: Seize the chance to post your comments, concerns, and ideas on the water shortage facing the Las Vegas Valley.

Plans to pipe in groundwater from the Spring Valley are moving forward. But once operational in 2012, the pipeline will still not cover the water deficit. Las Vegas comes up short starting in 2010.

In the more than 150 e-mails in the past 24 hours responding to the dire drought predictions there were suggested solutions. Some of the e-mails offered warnings, like this one from Gayle H. Tye from Gardnerville, Nevada implied a solution in a short sarcastic statement.

A majority of the responses included suggestions to end the future water shortage by stopping construction. But fear not! Clark County commissioner Lawrence Weekly says new projects are already water smart.

Las Vegas Water Supply Needs Alternative

"More developers are staring to look at this now. So I think people are taking it a bit more seriously," said Weekly.

And Weekly should know -- the commissioners approve new massive developments like MGM's CityCenter. He also serves on the board of the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

"We are really going to have to stop talking about smart growth and start being about smart growth," said Weekly. And conservation is part of that.

A graph shows that as we increase in population -- we're actually getting smarter and using less water.

"You have got very little room to cut even deeper. You have to protect our reserves, and we have to develop a water supply that is separate and apart from the Colorado River," said Pat Mulroy of the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

It's the price we will pay for living in the desert. Three key projects to pipe-in water are in the works. The Water Authority will bring a significant amount from the Spring Valley, starting in White Pine County.

Adding that, drinking water will still not fill the deficit -- leaving the equivalent of 290,000 people without water. Pipelines from Snake Valley on the Utah border and Lincoln County are in the beginning stages.

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