The reservoir created by the Hoover Dam has sunk to its lowest level ever amid extreme heat and drought. If the Dam declares extreme shortage conditions, it would cut water supply to Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico.
In the 1930s Lake Mead was formed from the damming of the Colorado River at the Nevada-Arizona border. This is the largest reservoir in the United States and is only 50 kilometers from Las Vegas. It supplies water to more than 25 million people including citizens of Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas.
As of Wednesday at 11 p.m. PT, the surface of the lake fell to 327 metres above sea level. This fell below the previous record low set on July 1, 2016. Since 2000, the reservoir has fallen 42.7 metres which is almost the size of the Statue of Liberty from torch to base. This drought has affected California, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Basin spanning Nevada, Oregon, and Utah. Farmers started to abandon crops and Nevada is banning the watering of about one-third of the lawn in the Las Vegas area. The governor of Utah has even begun asking people to pray for rain.
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