Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Western Fantasy Land Reverts to Reality.(Final)(Editorial)


Welcome to The Strip. The Las Vegas fantasy-land mix of abundant jackpots, show girls and nova-level neon also includes abundant water.

At the Mirage hotel and casino, for example, water gushes out of a volcano and cascades into a lake. It is a mirage: This oasis is fed by bath, sink and laundry water -- recycling technology forced by stringent requirements on the city's best known industry.

Without the benefit of such technology, Las Vegas residents carry on the oasis theme in neighborhoods, using water at rates that would be considered lavish in the rest of the arid West.

But water use throughout the region would be considered lavish by the original inhabitants of this dry land and the first European settlers. …

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