Arizona And Nevada Will Not Face Water Cutbacks

By Will Stone
Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 9:11am

Southwest states that depend on the Colorado River will not face cutbacks in their supplies next year. Federal officials made that determination Tuesday.

A heavy winter has kept Lake Mead, the massive reservoir on the Nevada-Arizona line, full enough to avoid a shortage in 2018. Forecasts show the reservoir well above the trigger point.

That means Arizona and Nevada will not lose any water. Both states rely heavily on the river for drinking water, agriculture and many other uses.

But the Bureau of Reclamation’s Rose Davis said the reservoirs are still not close to full.

“We’re going to be in a drought for a long time," Davis said. "We have a lot more storage available. We need a lot more water in these lakes.”

There’s about a 30 percent chance of a shortage in 2019, but Davis said that can change significantly depending on the winter.

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