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Newspaper clipping, Campaign started to complete signatures for Water District, Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 19, 1948


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Story about a campaign to collect enough signatures to call an election for a vote on the creation of a water district for the Las Vegas valley.

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Box 13 Folder W23-1-C Water Conservation - Supply from Lake Mead


hln000908. 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,Nevada REVIEW - JOURNAL May 19, 1948 Campaign Started to Complete Signatures for Water District A campaign to complete petitions enabling an elec- tion on establishment of a water district to bring water from Lake Mead into Vegas valley is being held this week under sponsor- ship of the Las Vegas cham- ber of commerce with as- sistance of the Service League. Booths will be set up in the Bank of Nevada and the First National Bank of Nevada, where service league members will have petitions available for signature by property owners. In addition to the booths, the service league members will take the petitions into the residential districts ask- ing for signatures. A. C. Grant, chairman of the industrial development commit- tee of the chamber of commerce, explained today that "the peti- tion is directed to the county commissioners to authorize them to hold an election to determine whether the people desire to have created a water district within the boundaries of the map shown in the petition. "The petition," Grant con- tinued, "is the first step neces- sary in the program, following the passage by the Nevada legis- lature at its last session of the 'Las Vegas Valley Water Dis- trict Act,' introduced by State Senator C. D. Baker of Las Vegas. The act is similar to most water district acts, except that it re- quires only five per cent of the property owners to sign the peti- tion before an election can be called by the county commissioners. Grant explained that the for- mation of the water district would not mean the installa- tion of water meters and would not include jurisdiction over private wells in the area. He pointed out that the surveys of the Las Vegas district indicate that the maximum of industrial development on the basis of the present artesian water supply has been reached. Even the re- sort hotel area is being handi- capped by lack of a constant source of water where private wells, pumping systems, and storage tanks must be main- tained by each institution. "The only possible way to pro- vide additional water is from Lake Mead." Grant urged property owners to stop by the banks on Thurs- day and Friday to sign the peti- tions and for those in the resi- dential area to receive the serv- ice league members in their homes when they take the peti- tions around, as the completion of the petition is required before an election can be called by the county commissioners. Joe McQuilkin, executive secretary of the chamber of commerce, pointed out that the establishment of the water dis- trict will not add to the tax burden in the area. Bonds which will be issued for ex- penses of the project would be paid off from the sale of water in the district, he said.