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County agent project progress report, Domestic water supply for Bunkerville and Mesquite, November 1, 1939


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Wells drilled previously were not sufficient to solve area water problems. Wittwer recommended consulting with the United States Geological Survey and State Engineer before any more wells were drilled. Report signed by John H. Wittwer as County Extension Agent. Project Number: State Office No. 282, Clark Co. No. 22. Name of Project: Domestic water supply for Bunkerville & Mesquite.

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Box 4 Folder 18 Home Water Supplies and Improvement Project Clark County 1936-1938


hln000567. John Wittwer Collection on Agriculture in Nevada, 1898-1972. MS-00181. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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COUNTY AGENT PROJECT PROJECT NUMBERS Progress Report State Office #282 DATED: November 1,1939 Clark County # 22 NAME OF PROJECT: Domestic water supply for Bunkerville and Mesquite. 1. Domestic and livestock water supply by wells. Of the three wells drilled in Moapa Valley during previous and closing year, water pumped for livestock and home use during the season just closing proved to show no improvement for either livestock or domestic uses. Owing to shallow depth of wells thus drilled, less than 600 ft. in depth, yet no water considered wholesome for livestock or home use, a general sentiment among the farm fold of the area favored a program of deep well drilling. Before proceeding further with such a program, the Services of the U. S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the State Engineer were secured to advise in the matter. Tentatively, it appears that a way must be found whereby finances might be secured for a cooperative program of investigation to first determine geological conditions pertaining to underground potentialities for good water before proceeding under heavy expense with further drilling. Should such study determine favorable prospects, then an effort will be made to proceed further with a community water facilities program if feasible. Should underground waters be out of the question, it then appears that the one remaining procedure left will be that of organizing and financing for a water purifying plant and using either water from the Muddy Creek or from Lake Mead. Without doubt the limited supply from the Virgin Mountain Range will some day be utilized for purposes of much higher use than that which is now used. Further developments concerning this all-important item must of necessity be given serious consideration in all future land-water use of the area. 2. The proposed water facilities project for the development of a joint or single community improved irrigation system for the Mesquite- Bunkerville commmunities has not moved any nearer solution. County Extension Agent