As Drought Worsens, Lake Mead Falls to Lowest Level Since Hoover Dam Was Built

Lake mead is the largest reservoir in the United States, formed in the 1930s when the Colorado River was dammed on the border between Nevada and Arizona, about 30 miles east of Las Vegas. It is important for the water supply of 25 million people, including cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas.

As of 11:00 pm on Wednesday, the surface of the lake had dropped to 1,071.56 feet above sea level, below the previous record low set on July 1, 2016. It has dropped 140 feet since 2000. This is close to the height from the Statue of Liberty’s torch to the base. — Expose the bleached white embankment tub ring.

The Regional Water Authority, which represents water utilities serving 2 million people in the Sacramento region, recommends drilling more wells for now, a short-term solution, and customers. Voluntarily asks to reduce consumption by 10%.

Jay Land, a professor at the University of California, Davis and director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, said Californians generally adhere to compulsory and voluntary reductions in water usage, and the state rains again.