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Letter from L. R. Maag (Las Vegas) to William Reinhardt (Los Angeles), June 11, 1953


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Request to the Union Pacific Railroad vice president for approval of having the police department assign two officers to enforce water restrictions at the expense of the Las Vegas Land and Water Co. for the summer months.

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


hln000727. 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 - June 11, 1953 Mr. William Reinhardt - Los Angeles For the past several years, it has been the practice of the Water Company to arrange with the City authorities to assign, at the expense of the Water Company, two uniformed police officers to enforce city ordinance prohibiting water wastage during the summer months. Until recently, the weather has been comparatively cool, but has become increasingly warmer the past few days. Today the temperature is 102 degrees which has resulted in a radical increase in water consumption. As a matter of fact, the consumption by the Water Company as determined by meter readings of those meters which serve the Las Vegas Land and Water Company exclusively, has increased from 12.8 million gallons per day on June 1 to 17.1 million gallons per day on June 9. The highest temperature for this period is 102 degrees as of today which will no doubt be higher during the peak summer season. In view of the above, I recommend authority to arrange with the City Manager to again furnish two uniformed officers for the period June 15th to Sept. 15th at the cost of $273.00 per month each or a total cost for the three month period of $1638.00. I talked with City Manager Kennedy this date and he advises that the city will furnish a city car and gasoline for use of these officers if employed. Mr. Kennedy also indicated that if these officers are employed at the expense of the Water Company, the city would plan on issuing a proclamation regarding the water shortage, restricting the use of water for lawn watering to alternate days but they felt that these officers should first be employed to enforce the existing ordinance before such pro-clamation is made. If you approve, will you please authorize by wire on Friday, June 12, so that I may arrange with the City to employ these officers starting Monday, June 13. LRM/tp L. R. Maag