By Duncan Smith
Most Americans don’t know this, but Las Vegas and the surrounding Western region are about to run out of water.
Probably for good.
The reservoir that has long supplied the life-sustaining liquid to the region — Lake Mead — is running dry.
People are using water faster than it’s being replaced by rain and melting winter snow.
And that’s been going on for years now.
But it’s not just Vegas that’s going to be affected by a lack of water; Mead also feeds Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
That said, Vegas would be the first to go, as Zero Hedge notes:
We’ve explained in the past if Lake Mead drops to dangerously low levels, the entire town of Las Vegas is absolutely screwed because two pipes, known as straws, are at elevation 1,050 feet and 1,000 feet. However, a third straw was recently constructed at 860 feet just in case the water level continued to drop. For Vegas to prevent a total collapse if Lake Mead continues to drop, it will have to continue constructing straws at lower and lower depths.
Tim Barnett, a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, wrote back in 2014 that Lake Mead wasn’t able to supply Vegas with water, “it’s just going to be screwed. And relatively quickly. Unless it can find a way to get more water from somewhere, Las Vegas is out of business. Yet they’re still building, which is stupid.”
… and this quote was over seven years ago, and the water situation has dramatically worsened.
As of Wednesday, the lake’s water level sank to 1,071.56 feet above sea level and broke the record low in July 2016. Since the early 2000s, the water level has plunged 140 feet due to years of drought that has gripped the region.
Artificial lakes, such as Lake Mead, is no match for Mother Nature, and the latest drop in water level could force state governments (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming) to pass a water shortage declaration sometime this summer.
The demand for water downstream from Hoover Dam continues to increase. Farmers in the Southwest are itching for Lake Mead’s water to irrigate their crops as their land becomes fallow.
And with the damage that Biden’s handlers are doing to the economy writ large in America, we’re in from some hard times.
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