Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-06-10 09:53:56 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) — Western countries are suffering from long and devastating droughts. Today, when Lake Mead reached record lows, we were able to reach a new painful milestone.
The reservoir, known as Lake Mead, has provided cheap electricity and water to Nevada, California, and Arizona for 85 years.
But today, the lake is expected to drop to its lowest levels since it began to fill up in the 1930s.
This is another sign of a long drought that our region has endured for years.
According to the US Pioneer Department, the lake’s water level will probably continue to fall until November.
It will affect everything from recreation to hydropower.
Already, Nevada and Arizona expect water from the Colorado River to run low next year.
However, continued drops in water levels really have an impact on the entire western United States, especially on farmers.
“So next year we’re going to get 25% less water, which means we need to fallow or not plant 25% of the land,” said Arizona farmer Dan Terrander.
Many farmers are rushing to dig wells to use the groundwater.
And as Lake Mead’s water level drops, it’s currently only 37% full. Now is the time to save water.
If the federal government declares a water shortage in 2022, it means that about 8,000 acre-foot of water will be reduced to Nevada. So what is acre-foot? This is the amount of water needed to cover an area of 1 acre, a depth of 1 foot. It’s 325,851 gallons.
Currently, Nevada does not use the full amount allocated from the lake, so no cuts have been made.
However, Governor Steve Sisolak is actively working to save water.
He signed a law to get rid of non-functional lawns.
Beth Moore of the South Nevada Water Department says it’s because of the grass that is never trampled. Think about where some of that grass is growing, such as the median, near sidewalks, and parking lots.
“We have confirmed that there are about 5,000 acres of non-functional lawn in the valley, which accounts for about 12% of our water usage,” Moore said.
California and Arizona will be more affected when it comes to forced cuts.
However, due to a complex agreement with Nevada, these states may use last year’s credit to offset the compulsory cuts.
This means that you can drink a lot of water from Lake Mead.
The biggest water users aren’t at the Las Vegas Strip or at home. The farm uses the most water.
The strip uses only about 4% of the water in southern Nevada.