Water Sustainability 2013 Distinguished Speaker Series


Las Vegas- Navigating the Perfect Water Resources Storm

Speaker: Pat Mulroy

In the best of times, water resource managers have a complex task, anticipating the multitude of factors that can affect the reliability of the community’s water supply and investing in resources or projects that will provide a buffer against uncertainty. But what does a manager do when the perfect storm strikes? Las Vegas, for decades the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States, serves as an excellent case study for those interested in navigating through extreme conditions. With commitments already secured to augment the water supply of a blossoming community, the Southern Nevada Water Authority watched as its primary water supply—Lake Mead—receded from drought at the same moment the agency’s financial reserves shrank from recession. Finding solutions that would meet the community’s needs, assuage the financial community’s concerns and maintain the agency’s firm financial footing required equal measures creativity and resolve.

Bio:Pat Mulroy oversees the operations of the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Valley Water District. The SNWA treats and delivers water to Southern Nevada agencies that collectively serve more than 2 million customers and nearly 40 million annual visitors.

Mulroy joined the LVVWD in 1985 and assumed the role of general manager in 1989. She was a principal architect of the SNWA, which has served as a model for other Western water agencies since its creation in 1991. Mulroy is President of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Water Research Foundation and the National Water Resources Association. She is a member of the American Water Works Association. Mulroy was the original chairperson of the Western Urban Water Coalition and served on the Colorado River Water Users Association’s board of directors.

A Southern Nevada resident for more than three decades, Mulroy served as special assistant to the Clark County Manager and as Clark County Justice Court Administrator before joining the LVVWD.

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