The Associated Press reports:
For the second year in a row, Arizona and Nevada will face cuts in the amount of water they can draw from the Colorado River as the West endures an extreme drought, federal officials announced Tuesday. The cuts planned for next year will force states to make critical decisions about where to reduce consumption and whether to prioritize growing cities or agricultural areas.
The cuts will also place state officials under renewed pressure to plan for a hotter, drier future and a growing population. Mexico will also face cuts. Officials have predicted that water levels at Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, will plummet further. The lake is currently less than a quarter full. The cuts are based on a plan the seven states as well as Mexico signed in 2019 to help maintain reservoir levels.
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Arizona, Nevada and Mexico, which are all reliant on water from the Colorado River, will face more water cuts as they endure extreme drought, U.S. officials say.
The cuts will place those states under pressure to plan for a hotter, drier future. https://t.co/zPoOI0E90i
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 16, 2022