hln000759. Union Pacific Railroad Collection, 1828-1995. MS-00397. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. http://n2t.net/ark:/62930/d1wm16t4p
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Las Vegas, Nevada Evening Review-Journal Nov. 17, 1944 Water Wrangle Solution? D. G. Lorenzi, pioneer resident of Las Vegas, in an open letter to the chamber of commerce, today offered suggestions for the solution of the water problem in the Las Vegas valley. Declaring that "We face a dangerous situation and we must meet it with energy," Lorenzi traced the questions about water asked by possible investors in this area, and declared that until these ques- tions could be answered with authority, the growth of Las Vegas would be stymied. Lorenzi, in offering his solution, suggested a 60 inch pipeline from Lake Mead to a point where the water can be turned into two or more flumes and distributed to parts of the valley to be zoned. He points out that 50,000 acres of tillable land can be supplied, each 10 acres of which will produce enough food for one family per year, or enough to support 10,000 families. He says fruits and vegetables of unsurpassed quality can be grown in the valley soil, if properly irrigated. The land is rich in lime and the sun power in the area would produce the finest grapes in the world, he says "Water taken from Lake Mead, where it has been stored under the action of the air and algae, is vastly more suitable for agricultural purposes than artesian water," he says. Lorenzi says the whole problem can be boiled down to a few words; "A pipe line from Lake Mead which will supply agriculture and industry; artesian wells must be capped for regulation and conservation of their flow for domestic use only." He declares that $5,000,000 can be borrowed from the RFC to finance the project and points out that the elimination of an expensive chlorination plantwill lower the cost of the water works by 25 per cent. "When we have created a new and efficient water system, then and then only can we feel safe," Lorenzi declares.