After a ten year drought in the American Southwest the water level in Lake Mead, the main water reservoir for cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson, is at less than 50%. To guarantee water supply for Las Vegas, the South Nevada Water Authority is constructing a third, much deeper water intake in the lake.
“If there wasn’t a Lake Powell, Lake Mead would be empty now.”
Patricia Mulroy president of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA)
For more than ten years the American West has suffered from an unprecedented drought. With an exponential population growth and the temperatures on the rise due to climate change, water levels in the reservoirs of the Colorado River are going down at an alarming rate. Politicians and water managers fear water shortages in the near future; conflicts seem unavoidable. Patricia Mulroy of the Southern Nevada Water Authority: ‘I am worried.’