Las Vegas CBS KXNT – A long drought in the western states is requiring water officials to adjust the flow from Lake Powell into Lake Mead.
A smaller transfer for the year water year that starts on October 1, 2013 will cause the level in Lake Mead to drop by about 25 feet, according to Rose Davis, spokesperson for the Bureau of Reclamation.
It won’t be noticeable to Southern Nevada water users this year, because there’s enough stored in Lake Mead to keep the supply steady, Davis told KXNT. But each year the drought continues could make things more dire.
“It’s really important for people to understand that when they turn that tap on, that the water’s coming from somewhere,” she said. “We need to take really good care of every pprecious drop.”
A good snowfall could change the picture, though. In 2011 the snowpack was 132 percent of average, Davis said.