US West Prepares For Possible First Water Shortage Declaration

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Federal officials are projecting historically low water levels in the western U. S. over the coming months the bureau of reclamation's twenty four month outlook forecasts less water will cascade down the Colorado River from the Rocky Mountains and intellect Powell in lake Mead water levels in the two lakes are expected to drop low enough for the agency to declare an official water shortage for the first time threatening the supply of water that feeds cities and farms across the southwest seven states rely on Colorado River water Arizona California Colorado Nevada New Mexico Utah and Wyoming by November of next year twenty twenty two the agency projects lake Mead could drop to levels that would threaten Hoover dam stability to generate electricity I'm Ben Thomas

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