LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas-area water officials may push back by more than a year the completion date for the so-called "third straw" drinking water intake from Lake Mead.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1aSPRa9 ) the Southern Nevada Water Authority board is being asked to vote Thursday to extend the completion date to July 2015.
The proposed change order doesn't include any additional cost to what's become an $817 million project.
General contractor Vegas Tunnel Constructors says it needs more time because lateral drilling operations 600 feet underground have proved more challenging than expected.
The three-mile tunnel project began in 2008. An initial March 2011 completion date was previously revised to May 2014.
Las Vegas draws about 90 percent of its drinking water from the Colorado River reservoir behind Hoover Dam.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com