The drought in the West which has persisted since the year 2000 has reached a point that we didn’t want to get to as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has declared the first ever water shortage at Lake Mead for 2022.
Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the U.S. as supplies water for Nevada as well as Arizona, California and parts of Mexico.
Less rainfall and less snowfall during winter months has diminished the amount of water that flows into the Colorado River annually contributing to the falling water levels in Lake Mead and also in Lake Powell in Utah. Officials with the Southern Nevada Water Authority say that Nevada residents will not feel any immediate effect from the declaration.
Water conservation efforts in the state have been successful and Nevada already uses less water than it’s yearly allocation and uses less than what the new allocation will be. The authority encourages Nevada residents to continue their water conservation efforts.