The water level of Lake Mead at the Hoover Dam is set to meet its lowest level on record as California’s megadrought leave millions under emergency rations.
On Thursday, Lake Mead’s water level is projected to hit elevation 1,071.61 feet, sinking to it’s lowest elevation on record since the 1930’s, said a Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman.
Thursday’s level is about four feet below the level that would trigger a federal declaration of a water shortage which would cut water supplies to Arizona, Nevada and Mexico.
Arizona could have its supply cut by 320,000 acre-feet, Aaron said. That is a year’s supply for nearly 1 million households, according to the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
On average, the dam usually produces about 2,074 megawatts, which is enough electricity for about 8 million people
Tuesday’s capacity was just 1,567 megawatts, a drop of about 25 percent.
‘Every foot of lake level decline means about 6 (megawatt) of lost capacity,’