Green pools are breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which carry potentially serious diseases like West Nile virus.
With the return of summer temperatures turning neglected pools greener faster, and giving mosquitoes ideal breeding areas, several Clark County Commissioners today declared this Report Green Pools Season.
The commissioners are asking the public to help fight this backyard blight by reporting green pools to local code enforcement agencies. Residents of unincorporated Clark County should report green pools by calling (702) 455-4191 or filing a complaint through the County website.
“Green pools are a health risk that we can eliminate,” Commission Chair Susan Brager said. “But we need your help to find all of them. Together we can make our summers safer.”
“Mosquitoes are a nuisance and a serious health threat,” Commissioner Mary Beth Scow said. “Please help us protect our community by reporting green pools to your local government.”
Since 2010, Clark County has drained more than 350 green pools, including more than 30 this month. Mosquito larvae thrive in warmer water, making the summer months the busiest time of the year for dealing with the problem. Mosquitoes can carry a number of diseases, although perhaps the most widely feared is the serious West Nile virus. There were 11 cases of the West Nile virus reported in Clark County last year after zero in 2010. Removing breeding areas for the mosquitoes is one of the best defenses against the spread of mosquito-borne diseases to people.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 42 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.