June 18, 2021 / Modified aug 13, 2021 3:21 p.m.

Water cutbacks anticipated as Lake Mead levels drop

The reservoir's level hit a record low in June.

Longstanding drought and ongoing development are straining resources from the Colorado River. The water level at Lake Mead, the country's largest reservoir, dropped to a record low earlier this month to 1,071 feet above sea level. The Drought Contingency Plan Arizona and six other states entered in 2019 laid out how states would have to cutback should levels at the lake drop below 1,075 feet. For insight into what this means for Arizona’s water future we spoke with Sharon Megdal, director of the UA Water Resources Research Center.

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