Lake Mead sinks to record low, risking water shortage
Lake Mead sunk to a record low Tuesday night, falling below the point that would trigger a water-supply shortage if the reservoir doesn’t recover soon.
Water managers expect the lake’s level to rebound enough to ward off a 2016 shortage thanks to a wetter-than-expected spring. But in the long run, as a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman said, “We still need a lot more water.”
The reservoir stores water for parts of Arizona, Southern California, southern Nevada and northern Mexico — all of which have endured a 15-year drought that continues.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will announce a 2016 shortage in August if it projects Lake Mead won’t rise above 1,075 feet by January. Assessments are updated in the middle of every month. This month’s report forecasts an improved outlook.
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