If the reservoir does not reach the optimal water level soon, the course of events will trigger a water-supply shortage in the Lake Mead area where water levels have dropped to an all-time low. Water experts hope that the water level will not sink so low as to trigger a water shortage in 2016 because the spring was wetter than expected. However, this does not solve the problem, and as U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said, “We still need a lot more water.”
The situation is far from perfect – war reservoirs in southern Nevada, parts of Arizona, northern Mexico and Southern California have all been going through a 15-year drought period despite favorable weather conditions in 2015.
Water managers have announced that a water shortage in 2016 will be declared if the water level of Lake Mead will not rise over 1,075 feet by January. The forecast for this month is positive, say experts. According to water-policy manager Drew Beckwith, the consumption of water from the Colorado River exceeds the supply that the river can provide. Beckwith works with the Western Resource Advocates, an NGO law and policy organization.
A number of projects for procuring water from Lake Mead has been underway, with the most notable being the process of reaching water at deeper depths which has a better quality and does not require extensive purification processes like the water on the surface.