December 18, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal water managers are projecting that the surface of drought-stricken Lake Mead will sink next month to the lowest point since May 1965.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says in a recent report that by July the vast Colorado River reservoir on the Nevada-Arizona border will drop more than 13 feet from its current level of 1,105 feet above sea level.
The lake level is now 30 feet above elevation 1,075. That's the trigger point for a federal shortage declaration that would force Nevada, Arizona and Mexico to reduce their combined water use by 400,000 acre-feet a year.
Nevada would lose 13,000 acre-feet, or about enough water for 26,000 average Las Vegas homes.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com
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