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Las Vegas, Nevada, where farming pays : the artesian belt of semi-tropic Nevada
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—11 — Anywhere within this belt flowing water can be secured with absolute certainty. There is, of course, no predicting the amount. It may be enough for live acres, and it may be enough for 300, but whether large or small, it is worth much more than it costs. We know of districts whose climate and products are almost identical with ours, In which such flows as come from our smallest wells, secured at twice their depth, are considered good enough to serve as. the basis of an extensive advertising campaign. Artesian Water in the Las Vegas Valley is struck at depths varying from 90 to 500 feet generally in three distinct flows, the lower stratum of water-bearing gravel lying at about 400 feet, which is, naturally, the average depth of the best wiells. There is some debate as to whether the Las Vegas Valley is a true artesian basin or whether it marks the course of an underground stream, flowing under sufficient head to force water to the surface. Whichever may prove to be the correct view, there is no question that the supply is ample for the irrigation not only of the land within the artesian belt, but of a large area in the lower part of the Valley where flows have not thus far been developed. The laws of Nevada now require artesian wells to be capped when not in use, and with this precaution, the water supply will more than meet all demands made upon it. PLENTY OF WATER: MORE WHERE IT CAME FROM. The source of the Las Vegas water is a mooted question. Large watersheds in the Charleston and Sheep Mountains, West and Northwest of the Valley, no doubt contribute their quota, but natural springs in these

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