Lake Mead on the Colorado River, the largest man-made reservoir in the US, located between Nevada and Arizona, has reached its record low amid the drought in the southwest of the country. I agree with you data from the Recovery Office of the US Department of the Interior, the elevation of its waters has fallen to 326.6 meters, the lowest level since the construction of the dam in the 1930s.
The last time a similar mark was reached was in July 2016 and it is currently 5.6 meters lower than last year. Office of Recovery spokeswoman Patricia Aaron commented to AP who estimate that the water level in Lake Mead will continue to fall until November and then begin to rebound.
The Colorado River supplies 40 million people in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, as well as an agricultural industry that generates $ 5 billion a year. “People are certainly worried,” Aaron said, adding that “you look at the reserve and it’s worrying.”
The low water level in Lake Mead also affects the recreational industry and the efficiency of hydroelectric power generation from the Hoover Dam. Reservoir reserves will not be used to determine next year’s water deliveries to Arizona, California and Nevada until the Office of Recovery issues its official projection in August. The agency has already announced that it plans to declare a shortage alert for the first time in history, which will cause supply cuts in Arizona and Nevada.
Lake Mead levels fluctuate throughout the year and depend on weather patterns, consumption, and evaporation. Authorities estimate that the water elevation will drop to 324 meters before beginning to recover in November, when the needs of agriculture diminish, Aaron said.