Residents of the west coast of the United States may face water shortages due to a sharp decline in the Colorado River.
The Colorado River has become critically low on water, according to a published report by the Department of Home Affairs Department of Land Reclamation: the reservoir now supplies the needs of tens of millions of residents on the country’s west coast.
With historic drought and decreasing runoff in the Colorado River Basin, discharges from the Glen Canyon Dam (at Powell Reservoir) and Hoover Dam (at Mead Reservoir) will be reduced. In the lower reaches of the river, against the background of a reduction, a shortage of water is announced for the first time, which indicates the danger of drought and the deterioration of the state of reservoirs.
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The April-July runoff in the Powell Reservoir was only 26% of the average, and the runoff of the largest US Reservoir, Mead, is expected to be 32% of the norm.
The river is currently about 40% full, up from 49% in 2020. The water is decreasing faster than experts thought.
The reason is global warming, which has flooded snow cover in the Rocky Mountains, where the source of Colorado is located. Authorities may take action to limit water consumption in the western United States.