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Letter from Walter R. Bracken (Las Vegas) to W. M. Jeffers, November 13, 1944


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The Chamber of Commerce agreed that the artesian water in the valley should be reserved for domestic purposes, and Lake Mead water for irrigation, but Bracken wrote that this was academic because Basic Magnesium Inc. had no excess water.

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Box 12 Folder W23-1-B Water Conservation Campaign 1942-1944


hln000760. Union Pacific Railroad Collection, 1828-1995. MS-00397. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Las Vegas - November 13, 1944 W 23-1-B Mr. W. M. Jeffers: Supplementing my letter November 10th regarding discussion of the water situation here November 3rd. I enclose letter from the Secretary of Chamber of Commerce received this morning expressing their appreciation of the discussion and information of mutual benefit. Since this hearing and the facts brought out concerning quality and low cost of our present supply, the consensus of opinion of prominent citizens and individual members of the Chamber seems to be that it would be very desirable to retain the present underground channel for domestic supply in the city and if at some future time it is practicable to bring water in from the Lake that it be used exclusively for industrial and irrigation uses. However Mr. Case explained this cannot be done at the present because the whole supply to Basic Magnesium is needed for manufacture of Chlorine and Caustics. WALTER R. BRACKEN