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Historically Low Lake Mead Could Create Water Shortages Crisis

Historically Low Lake Mead Could Create Water Shortages Crisis - water shortage

Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States of America is in serious trouble. The reservoir which supplies water to over 25 million people in Nevada, Arizona, and California has shrunk to an all time low, creating potential Water Shortages  for millions of people right here in USA.

The Lake is a result of the Hoover Dam that began being built in 1931 and completed in 1935. At the time, the damn was an engineering miracle. Built during the Great Depression for the dual purpose of giving much-needed jobs for out of work Americans, and also to provide a stable water and electrical power supply to the southwest region of the United States. 96 percent of the water in Lake Mead comes from melted snow from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

Historically Low Lake Mead Could Create Water Shortages Crisis

Today, the water supply at Lake Mead is in dire straits. A recent measuring last week showed that the lake has reached an all-time low water mark of 1,074 feet. The lake hasn’t been this shallow since the Hoover Dam was finished and began filling with water! At this point, Lake Mead is only 37 percent full. 

Historically Low Lake Mead Could Create Water Shortages Crisis - water measurements

The lake has been hit hard by a long-lasting drought and increased demand from an ever growing population in the region. Things don’t look any better in the future. Each year, the lake receives a minimum amount of Colorado River water from “Upper Basin” states. In addition, each year, Lake Mead is required to release a specific amount of water to Nevada, Arizona, California, and Mexico. In recent years the water leaving Lake Mead far exceeds the level of water that flows into the Lake. What does this mean? It means that Lake Mead will continue to decline to extremely dangerous levels. 

Historically Low Lake Mead Could Create Water Shortages Crisis

The lake has reached such dangerously low levels that the Bureau of Reclamation could declare a formal water shortage. If a formal declaration were to be declared, cuts of water distribution would immediately occur. This would devastate the economies of the states that receive water from Lake Mead and some form of water rationing would almost certainly be implemented. Currently, interstate talks between the states of California, Arizona, and Nevada are taking place but it remains a question if they can find a long-term solution to the problem. 

How bad could things get?

If history is any indication, it could get a lot worse. In 1934, California and Arizona nearly went to war in an area near Lake Mead. The cause of the war was the attempted construction of the Parker Dam, which would have directed water from the Colorado River into California from Arizona. Arizona’s Governor responded with dispatching National Guard troops to travel upriver to stop the dam from being built. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and a compromise was reached. 

Historically Low Lake Mead Could Create Water Shortages Crisis - Arizona Governor

At this point, people have a choice. Should we trust the government to reach a deal to keep the water flowing? Or should we prepare for the worst and begin to learn how we can provide water for ourselves and our families? The choice is clear, since, in most cases, the government will only make matters worse. 

It is important to prepare yourself with the knowledge necessary for a water shortage in your community. The best way to ensure that you and your family have an emergency water supply is to join a like-minded group of preparation experts. One of the best groups to join is the Survival Life Association. The association’s goal is to provide the best information, tactics, and skills to survive in a possible disaster. The Association takes a logical and thought-based approach to disaster survival. Please feel free to contact us for any information.

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