Study Predicts Climate Change Will Stress NV Water Systems
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A new study showed climate change means Nevada summers will be longer and hotter in the coming decades, and that has big implications for our water systems.
The study from the Water Utility Climate Alliance looked at the impact climate change will have on water utilities, including the Southern Nevada Water Authority.
Keely Brooks, climate-change policy analyst for the Authority, said the sunniest state in the nation will really begin to feel the heat.
"We could see, here in Las Vegas, five months of above-100-degree temperatures by the end of the century," Brooks projected. "We currently experience a little over two months on average."
In order to keep their workforce healthy and productive, the study found utilities will have to give crews more breaks, build more cooling and hydration stations, and vary their work hours to avoid the hottest time of the day.
Mohammed Mahmoud, senior policy analyst for the Central Arizona Project and chair of Water Utility Climate Alliance, noted as temperatures rise, so does the cost of protecting facilities and personnel.
"The cooling requirements will increase by about 20% as early as 2070 across the southwest," Mahmoud stated.
The study found for every 18-degree Fahrenheit jump in temperatures, the life span of water utility infrastructure is cut in half.
get more stories like this via email
DENVER - On Wednesday, leaders from Colorado's 13 community colleges joined a national effort to help more of the state's adults get credentials and …
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Today, a virtual summit hosted by the Las Vegas Mayor's Faith Initiative looks at the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous …
HOUSTON -- Many U.S. communities with bustling downtowns were better prepared to weather economic fallout from the pandemic, thanks to a decades-old …
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A Wisconsin group that advocates for working families is launching a new campaign, which connects federal policy to the …
SEATTLE - Constructive conversations online can seem few and far between. Research from the University of Washington explores how the design of …
Health and Wellness
WATERLOO, Iowa -- Advocates for Iowans with disabilities are sounding the alarm over what they describe as a caregiver crisis, pleading with …
BOISE, Idaho - Millions of members around the world, including some Idahoans, are observing International Credit Union Day today. This year marks 73…
INDIANAPOLIS -- As finding a career becomes more difficult for young people, a new report said the U.S. needs a more comprehensive approach to …