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If the drought in the US West continues, the Department of Interior may suspend deliveries of surplus water to Nevada and California next year.

Of all the Colorado River basin states, Nevada — which receives the least amount of Colorado River water — faces perhaps the biggest challenge. Southern Nevada’s primary source of water is Lake Mead. The state receives four inches of precipitation a year, and its growing population places increasing pressure on limited water supplies.

When water was plentiful, Nevada drew as much as 30,000 acre-feet above its legal allotment. But for now, the state is currently staying within its legal take of 300,000 acre-feet. Water managers do not expect the state to tap into the surplus anytime soon, because it is looking for other ways to meet its growing water needs.

For a great introduction to the water situation in the US West, read Cadillac Desert.

What’s an acre-foot? It’s the amount of water needed to cover an acre, one foot deep in water. In gallons, that’s 326,000 gallons or 893 gallons/day. Water officials in the west often say, “An acre-foot is enough to supply a family of four for a year,” which is bullshit. ‘Cause no one should be using 225 gallons/day by themselves.


Written by Michael

18 Mar 2004 at 1234pm

Posted in Misc.

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