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Is our water clean enough to drink? Officials say 'yes'

Posted at 12:24 PM, May 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-03 15:49:25-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — As water levels at Lake Mead continue to decline, uncovering many of the lake's secrets, one question remains: how clean is the lake water?

With recent discoveries of a dead body in a barrel, dying fish, and skeletal remains, folks at the River Mountain Water Treatment Facility in Henderson say the water is clean enough to drink.

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Dave Johnson, deputy general manager of operations, says 90% of the drinking water in the Las Vegas valley comes from the Colorado River, which supplies us with water from snowmelt runoff.

Johnson oversees efforts made by engineers, scientists, and leading innovators who work to clean and preserve the water for current and future use.

He says the water in Southern Nevada goes through pre-testing initially before going through a highly advanced sterilization process. Next is the filtration portion, where turbidity, sediment, and dirt are cleaned from the water. Then, the water is chlorinated and distributed to valley residents, ready for consumption.

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Johnson says regardless of the activities at Lake Mead, the state-of-the-art water cleaning facility is ready to take on anything that might come up in the water.