Gov. Sandoval Signs Executive Order Creating Nevada Drought Forum
The Nevada Drought Forum will study and analyze state water use and potential areas for water savings. Sandoval's order also requires a water audit of all state-owned facilities.
The panel will be required to hold a public stakeholder meeting in September and produce bi-weekly drought impact reports.
Sandoval says this forum will have very little cost.
Officials say drought reserves are about where they were a year ago.
Earlier Wednesday, Washoe County announced it would reduce water use by 10% at County buildings and parks, except for water play parks Melio Gaspari at Lazy 5 Regional Park and the North Valleys Water Play Parks because they recycle and recirculate water.
Truckee River flows are expected to peak by early June and Lake Tahoe's level is still more than two inches below its natural rim. And this year's low snowpack makes matters even worse. "Unusable boat ramps, baron ski slopes, struggling farmers and dwindling reservoirs continue to serve as a stark reminder of the importance of our most precious natural resource. Water."
"We're not in the same position as California. It isn't an emergency. It isn't meant to panic anyone. We're all used to living in the desert and we're all used to conserving water. But perhaps we can do better," said Gov. Sandoval.
Recently - California Governor Jerry Brown ordered the California state water board to implement reductions in cities and towns to cut usage by 25%. California's order also requires campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to significantly cut water use and ban watering of grass on public street medians.
(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)