From the Las Vegas Sun:

Its no secret that Las Vegas needs water, and its also no secret that Las Vegas is struggling to meet the ever increasing demand for water. The photo below shows just how far water levels have dropped in Lake Mead, Vegas’s primary supply of water.

Levels havent been this low since 1937 when the lake was first filled.

Photo showing how far water level's have dropped in Lake Mead

Photo showing how far water level has dropped in Lake Mead

The light grey area seen on the photograph is a watermark caused by scale deposits that happened while that area was under water.

Its already 114 feet lower today than it was in 2000 and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the University of California, San Diego believe that the lake could be entirely drained by 2021

The answer? At the moment The Southern Nevada Water Authority hopes that a new 300 mile water pipeline that draws in water from as many other local water sources in rural Nevada as possible will solve their immediate need. The cost of this pipeline is estimated to be somewhere between $4bn and $15bn.

Just how long this will stem the inevitable worsening of Nevada’s water situation remains to be seen, as the pipeline is still in planning stages with numerous opponents suggesting that desalination plants would be a much more sustainable solution instead of potentially harming the environment and drawing water from yet another equally finite resource.

What ever happens, Las Vegas is still a city in a desert that has an every increasing thirst for water.

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About Marc Rogers

Marc has been a hacker since the 80's and has worked in the security industry for almost 20 years. Some of Marc's professional highlights include a decade managing security in the operator Vodafone plc, and 5 years as working as the CSO for a real estate and asset management conglomerate in South Korea. Known as "Cyberjunky", "Cjunky" or just "CJ" in the hacker community Marc is the Head of Security and part of the CFP review board for DEF CON, the worlds largest hacker conference. After spending more than 15 years wrangling hackers, criminals and spooks Marc has seen it all. Sometimes several times at once. Professionally Marc uses his skills as a whitehat hacker and security evangelist to bring a positive outlook on security to today's global organizations. It's this outlook that Marc used when he helped put together the award winning BBC series "The Real Hustle". Today Marc works as the Principal Security Researcher for Lookout Mobile Security.