Great News! Lake Mead Water Level Rising And Rising And Rising
In view of the heavy snow that fell in the upper Colorado River Basin over the winter, the Lake Mead water level continues to rise. That is great news for all of us here in Southern Nevada.
Lake Mead Water Level Already Up Three Feet
At this point, the Lake Mead water level has risen approximately three feet since the beginning of July. That’s a praiseworthy update! In fact, the Bureau of Reclamation is making sure they fill the reservoirs at both Lake Powell and Lake Mead. However, they’re filling Lake Mead faster. The Lake Powell refill is leveling off. That’s according to an article by Greg Haas on 8NewsNow.com.
At first, experts and officials predicted that the Lake Mead water level would rise to about 26% of capacity. However, Lake Mead is already 32% full as of 6 a.m. Thursday, July 20th. And, at this time, the water level continues to rise. With this in mind, experts are now predicting a gain of another six feet by September.
Las Vegas Valley Using Less Water Than We Did 20 Years Ago
Equally important to filling up Lake Powell’s and Lake Mead’s reservoirs with the ample snow melt this year is our valley’s conservation efforts. Per Haas’ report, our residents and businesses are using about 26% less water than we used in 2002. Basically, that’s because homes, businesses, and government sites are curtailing the use of grass lawns.
Furthermore, the Nevada legislature has given the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) the power to assess “excessive use” fines. That program began at the beginning of this year. Additionally, in 2027, a law goes into effect which will prohibit the watering of “nonfunctional” grass. Obviously, government officials are counting on these measures to effectively curtail water use even more.
With all this good news, it is still important to remember that Lake Mead’s water level will still be lower than it was just two years ago. As an illustration, the water level was at 1067.8 feet on August 11, 2021. That is when a federal water shortage was declared. By comparison, if the Lake Mead water level rises a predicted total of nine feet by September, it will measure 1065.59 feet.