27 episodes

From the banks of the Colorado River and Lake Mead to the homes and businesses of Southern Nevada, the Water Smarts podcast covers how we treat, deliver, use, protect and conserve water in the Las Vegas Valley. Hosts Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke – along with experts from the Southern Nevada Water Authority who keep the water flowing – hope to make you a little smarter about the one thing that keeps us all connected – water.

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From the banks of the Colorado River and Lake Mead to the homes and businesses of Southern Nevada, the Water Smarts podcast covers how we treat, deliver, use, protect and conserve water in the Las Vegas Valley. Hosts Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke – along with experts from the Southern Nevada Water Authority who keep the water flowing – hope to make you a little smarter about the one thing that keeps us all connected – water.

    EXECUTIVE ROUND TABLE: Colorado River shortages and impacts to Southern Nevada

    EXECUTIVE ROUND TABLE: Colorado River shortages and impacts to Southern Nevada

    A permanent aridification of the Colorado River due to climate change means those sharing the river also will have to share the pain of shortage reductions as less water flows from the Colorado River into lakes Powell and Mead. Southern Nevada relies on the river for 90 percent of its water supply yet is uniquely positioned to weather the reductions due to investments in infrastructure and the success of its conservation efforts. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) Executive Team discusses current conditions, expected shortages and how the community can continue to grow despite the dire conditions facing the Colorado River. Featured guests include General Manager John Entsminger, Deputy General Managers Colby Pellegrino and Dave Johnson, and Legal Counsel Greg Walch.
    Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke
    https://www.snwa.com/

    • 35 min
    HOT! HOT! HOT! Water-smart tips to help your landscape survive the summer

    HOT! HOT! HOT! Water-smart tips to help your landscape survive the summer

    Lake Mead’s water levels are at historic lows and the Colorado River is suffering from a decades-long megadrought, resulting in federal shortage declarations that have reduced Southern Nevada’s water supply. Since residential landscape irrigation consumes much of the Las Vegas Valley’s water, watering smart has never been more important. Doug Bennett, the Conservation Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, shares tips to help residents set their irrigation systems so that their landscapes survive and thrive during our harsh desert summer on episode 26 of Water Smarts Podcast, “HOT! HOT! HOT! Water-smart tips to help your landscape survive the summer.”
    Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke
    https://www.snwa.com/

    • 24 min
    Yes, you can drink the tap water!

    Yes, you can drink the tap water!

    How do you know your tap water is safe to drink? Carolyn Faircloth, the Water Quality Laboratory Manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), shares how she and her team test and monitor our drinking water to ensure high-quality water is delivered to your home or business every day. Hosts Crystal Zuelke and Bronson Mack talk water quality and how you can find out what’s in our water on episode 25 of Water Smarts Podcast, “Yes, you can drink the tap water.” 

    https://www.snwa.com/

    • 29 min
    AH HA! How the pandemic led to new insights for wastewater surveillance

    AH HA! How the pandemic led to new insights for wastewater surveillance

    Scientists have been using sewage to track COVID-19 in the community throughout the pandemic and even now as the virus enters the endemic stage. Using wastewater surveillance helps scientists determine the prevalence of the virus and what variants are present in the Las Vegas Valley. We talk with Dr. Dan Gerrity, Principal Research Laboratory Scientist for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), and Dr. Edwin Oh, UNLV Associate Professor of Neurogenetics and Precision Medicine Lab, about how their wastewater surveillance research helped health professionals and elected officials during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two researchers share their “Ah Ha!” moments and the future of wastewater surveillance on episode 24 of Water Smarts Podcast, “AH HA! How the pandemic led to new insights for wastewater surveillance.”
    Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke
    https://www.snwa.com/
    https://empower.unlv.edu/

    • 35 min
    SPRING ALIVE! Garden and landscape tips from Star Nursery's Dr. Q and Joey Lynn Watt

    SPRING ALIVE! Garden and landscape tips from Star Nursery's Dr. Q and Joey Lynn Watt

    Spring is the season for renewal the time when many of us get our hands dirty and spruce up our yards. We talk with Star Nursery experts Dr. Q and Joey Lynn Watt about how to irrigate, prune, fertilize and get rid of garden pests on episode 23 of the Water Smarts Podcast, “SPRING ALIVE! Garden and landscape tips from Star Nursery’s Dr. Q and Joey Lynn Watt.” 
    Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke
    https://www.snwa.com/

    • 36 min
    Southern Nevada is planning for a warmer, drier future

    Southern Nevada is planning for a warmer, drier future

    The permanent aridification of the Colorado River—the source of 90 percent of Southern Nevada’s water supply—means much less water will flow into Lake Mead in the future. The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) recently updated its Water Resource Plan to address aridification and other major impacts to the Las Vegas Valley water supply.   We talk with Zane Marshall, SNWA Director of Water Resources, about what this means for Southern Nevada and how everyone in the community can help protect our water supply on episode 22 of the Water Smarts Podcast, “Southern Nevada is planning for a warmer, drier future.” 
    Hosts: Bronson Mack and Crystal Zuelke
    https://www.snwa.com/

    • 35 min

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