The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is a cooperative, not-for-profit agency formed by seven local water agencies in 1991 to address Southern Nevada’s unique water needs on a regional basis.
SNWA officials are charged with managing the region’s water resources and providing for the current and future water needs of Las Vegas Valley residents and businesses.
SNWA manages and operates the Southern Nevada Water System, which began operations in 1971. The federal government officially transferred the Southern Nevada Water System to SNWA in 2001. The water system includes water treatment facilities that pump, treat and deliver Colorado River water from Lake Mead to the Las Vegas Valley.
SNWA is governed by a seven-member agency made up of representatives from each of its member organizations. These member agencies are: