Amid an increasing drought, the Lake Mead in Nevada, the nation’s largest artificial lake by volume, has reached its lowest level since the 1930s, as reported on late Wednesday.The low record is caused due to a blend of years of punishing the drought that is worsening across the Southwest and other challenges in managing water and water resources for a growing population.
Lake Mead, which flows along the border between Nevada and Arizona, is a part of the huge Colorado River basin which provides water for agricultural activities and human consumption to seven states. Additionally, it also generates electricity at the enormous Hoover Dam.Years of remarkably dry conditions along with a growing population in the areas nearby and water resource decisions have helped to lead to the situation.
As per the reports of Thursday morning, the Bureau of Reclamation showed that Lake Mead per hour water levels have dipped to 1,071.48 feet on Thursday and remained below their previous record set on July 1, 2016.Cuts in water supplies are determined to be in August. It would affect the area’s farmers, the residents of the nearby straggling cities such as Las Vegas and others.However, the Hoover Dam is already functioning below its maximum capacity, and it could see a further decrease in power generation as the summer goes on.
A spokesperson from the Interior Department agency said that the record-low level was first reached at about 11 pm on Wednesday, while the reading had dropped to 1071.56 feet above the sea level.Water levels have not been this low since the reservoir was formerly filled in 1937.