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How the "Water Witch" kept Las Vegas hydrated




Aerial view of the Las Vegas boulevard, the Strip, in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 10, 2011.
Aerial view of the Las Vegas boulevard, the Strip, in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 10, 2011.
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For nearly 30 of the 100 years it's been around, Sin City has lived under the threat of running out of water, but that hasn't stopped the city's growth, only the housing crisis did that. And the oasis in the desert has continued largely because of one woman who's been able to find water in the most unlikely of places.

Abrahm Lustgarten is a Senior Reporter at Pro Publica and he's part of a team that's put together a series of stories about the water crisis here in the West, including one with the "Water Witch."